Strong Legislative Institutions and Multiparty Governance

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

Strong Legislative Institutions and Multiparty Governance

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This chapter presents the empirical results of an analysis of the legislative treatment of government bills in the strong legislative systems of Denmark, Germany, and the Netherlands. The results provide clear evidence that parties employ the legislative process to scrutinize and amend ministerial draft bills, and that they do so especially on issues that divide the coalition partners from one another. Moreover, the results demonstrate that junior ministers can serve as substitutes for the scrutiny of bills, but not for amending ministerial drafts.

Keywords: strong committees; legislative review; legislative amendment

Chapter.  14178 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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