The Speaker of the House of Commons

Gerard Magliocca

Gerard N. Magliocca is the Samuel R. Rosen Professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Professor Magliocca is the author of three books and over twenty articles on constitutional law and intellectual property. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford, his law degree from Yale, and joined the faculty after two years as an attorney at Covington and Burling and one year as a law clerk for Judge Guido Calabresi on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Professor Magliocca has received the Best New Professor Award and the Black Cane (Most Outstanding Professor) from the student body, and in 2008 held the Fulbright-Dow Distinguished Research Chair of the Roosevelt Study Center in Middelburg, The Netherlands. He was elected to the American Law Institute (ALI) in 2013.

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4 Responses

  1. mls says:

    you should read Parliament and Congress by Charles Johnson (former House Parliamentarian) and William McKay (former Clerk of the House of Commons), which comprehensively describes and compares the structure and process of the two bodies.

    What was the book you bought?

  2. Gerard Magliocca says:

    “How Parliament Works” I saw the book you mentioned, but will have to get it from the library.

  3. Ken Rhodes says:

    “The Speaker is an MP who is elected by the House, but after taking that position he or she leaves partisan politics and becomes a neutral arbiter.”

    Here’s a thought experiment: Try to imagine John Boehner elected Speaker, then leaving partisan politics and becoming a neutral arbiter.

  4. Ken Rhodes says:

    Brett, this is for you. I thought of Boehner for my example because he’s the one we’ve got now, but I know full well it works both ways:

    “Try to imagine …”, I wrote; “… or Nancy Pelosi, before him,” I should have written.