Parliamentary Procedure

John Bell

in French Constitutional Law

Published in print January 1995 | ISBN: 9780198259480
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681967 | DOI:
Parliamentary Procedure

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This chapter explores another major change, the principles governing parliamentary procedure and thus the political power of Parliament. It starts by presenting the sources of rules on parliamentary procedure. Measures with financial implications may not always be permissible in a budget; the Conseil constitutionnel has reduced its function to the raising of revenue and the authorization of immediate expenditure. The use of a referendum to pass legislation constitutes both the low point of the review operated by the Conseil and the greatest abuse of procedure in the Fifth Republic. The United Kingdom is used, as the French were, to political control of parliamentary procedure being exercised through the Speaker. But the French experience is that the most frequent task of the Conseil is to protect Parliament against dictatorship by the executive.

Keywords: parliamentary procedure; political power; Parliament; Conseil constitutionnel; Fifth Republic

Chapter.  12019 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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