Democratic Delegation and Accountability: Cross-national Patterns

Torbjörn Bergman, Wolfgang C. Müller, Kaare Strøm and Magnus Blomgren

in Delegation and Accountability in Parliamentary Democracies

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780198297840
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602016 | DOI:

Series: Comparative Politics

Democratic Delegation and Accountability: Cross-national Patterns

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Reviews the patterns of delegation and accountability in 17 Western European parliamentary democracies, over the post-war period. It provides information about the links between voters and MPs, between MPs and the cabinet, within the cabinet, and between ministers and civil servants, discussing potentials for agency loss. It places political parties in the delegation relations and provides a comparative account of Constitution amendments and law making in these states. It concludes by identifying the most common parliamentary delegation mechanisms in Western Europe as well as major empirical exceptions, and the main trends of the 1945–2000 period.

Keywords: cabinet accountability; campaign regulations; candidate selection; civil service; confidence votes; constitutional amendments; electoral laws; European union; legislative procedures; parliamentary scrutiny; party cohesion; prime ministerial powers

Chapter.  50274 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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