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A selection of recent publications relating to parliamentary studies prepared with the assistance of the Library of Parliament (August 2016--October 2016)

Bagnall, David. "Reviewing the Standing Orders: How to make dreams come true." Australasian Parliamentary Review, 31 (1): 8-25, Autumn/Winter 2016.

* The purpose of this paper is to challenge all people who dream of modernising Parliament to engage with the process through which this can happen, and to provide the impetus for change.

Blackwell, Joel. "A constitutional storm in a teacup?: Delegated legislation, the House of Lords and the inadequacies of the Strathclyde Review." The Political Quarterly, 87 (3): 443-49, July-September 2016.

* In a year which has seen the government defeated in the House of Lords no less than 60 times, only one defeat--last October's controversial refusal by the Lords to approve a statutory instrument relating to tax credits--threatened a constitutional standoff. That decision led to talk of a "constitutional crisis", with ministers arguing that the unelected upper chamber had no right to hold up a financial measure already approved by MPs.

Blunt, David, and Alexander Stedman. "The New South Wales Legislative Council's oral history project." Australasian Parliamentary Review, 31 (1); 131-38, Autumn/Winter 2016.

* Beginning in 2013, the Council held a series of interviews with former parliamentarians. This paper outlines the progress and outcomes of the resulting oral history project.

Bochel, Catherine. "Process matters: Petitions systems in Britain's legislatures." The Journal of Legislative Studies, 22 (3): 368-84, 2016.

* This article uses the concept of procedural justice, with its emphasis on the fairness of the process by which decisions are made, as an analytical tool to explore four case studies of petitions systems in British legislatures, considering, in particular, the extent to which they enable voice, decision-making and transparency.

Chabot, Genevieve. "Devolution, evolution, confusion: the constitutional status of the Canadian Territories and its potential implications for the duty to consult." National Journal of Constitutional Law/ Revue nationale de droit constitutionnel, 36 (1) : 141-59, July/juillet 2016.

* The constitutional status of the Canadian Territories within the Canadian federation remains somewhat of an enigma for politicians and jurists alike, who, since their inception, have tried to sort the Territories into familiar constitutional boxes. A...

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