Parliaments as Policing Institutions

Lanny W. Martin and Georg Vanberg

in Parliaments and Coalitions

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199607884
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729676 | DOI:

Series: Comparative Politics

Parliaments as Policing Institutions

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This chapter introduces legislative institutions as mechanisms that allow coalition parties to scrutinize, and potentially amend, draft legislation introduced by cabinet ministers, using a distinction between ‘weak’ and ‘strong’ legislative committee systems to do so. The five legislatives in Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, and the Netherlands are introduced, and a more general index of parliamentary strength across sixteen European democracies is developed.

Keywords: legislatures; committees

Chapter.  10972 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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