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The functions of parliament

Functions Limitations
Legitimation The House of the Lords is not elected
The commons is seen to be dominated
by the executive and therefore not
The electoral system means the
Commons is not politically
representative of the electorate

Deliberation Both Houses lack enough time to

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Both Houses are socially
unrepresentative, especially in terms of
women or social and ethnic background

Redress of grievances MPs lack time to deal with many
grievances of constituents

Private members legislation Little time is devoted to private
members legislation
Government is easily able to `kill' any
bills it opposes


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