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Library of Legislative Studies


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The Library of Legislative Studies comprises scholarly books - including individual country studies as well as major comparative works - that advance knowledge of legislatures and legislative processes. The volumes in the library are designed to be of value to students and scholars in legislative studies, comparative government, constitutional law, and European and regional integration.

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The Iberian Legislatures in Comparative Perspective

The Iberian Legislatures in Comparative Perspective

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Jorge M. Fernandes, Cristina Leston-Bandeira
June 10, 2019

This comprehensive book analyses the development of the legislatures in the Iberian countries over the past 40 years, since democracy was introduced, to comparatively understand their role in these political systems and in sustaining their democratic systems. Sharing many historical developments...

Regional Parliaments: Effective Actors in EU Policy-Making?

Regional Parliaments: Effective Actors in EU Policy-Making?

1st Edition

Gabriele Abels, Anna-Lena Hogenauer
June 13, 2018

In an attempt to strengthen the legitimacy of European Union (EU) policy-making, the 2009 Lisbon Treaty strengthened the principle of parliamentary control in EU affairs. This pertains to parliaments at all levels ranging from the regional to the supranational level. This book analyses the...

The Legislature of Brazil: An Analysis of Its Policy-Making and Public Engagement Roles

The Legislature of Brazil: An Analysis of Its Policy-Making and Public Engagement Roles

1st Edition

Cristiane Brum Bernardes, Cristina Leston-Bandeira, Ricardo de João Braga
December 04, 2017

This book develops a critical analysis of the Brazilian legislature, specifically the role of its lower chamber, the Chamber of Deputies, in policy making and how this combines with its public engagement role, namely in terms of promoting participation and transparency. The book draws from Nelson...

The Roles and Function of Parliamentary Questions

The Roles and Function of Parliamentary Questions

1st Edition

Shane Martin, Olivier Rozenberg
June 16, 2017

Parliamentary questions are a feature of almost all national legislatures. Despite this, we know very little about how questions are used by MPs and what impact questions have on controlling the government. This volume advances our theoretical and empirical knowledge of the use of questioning in a...

Government-Opposition in Southern European Countries during the Economic Crisis: Great Recession, Great Cooperation?

Government-Opposition in Southern European Countries during the Economic Crisis: Great Recession, Great Cooperation?

1st Edition

Elisabetta De Giorgi, Catherine Moury
June 07, 2017

The international economic crisis has hit Europe, especially its ‘periphery’, remarkably hard, and has had deep consequences at the economic and political levels. Since its onset, parties in parliament (especially those in opposition) have found themselves faced with a dilemma: choosing between the...

Executive Leadership and Legislative Assemblies

Executive Leadership and Legislative Assemblies

1st Edition

Nicholas D. J. Baldwin
July 08, 2016

The relationship between a head of government (head of the executive branch) and a nation's parliament or legislative assembly (the legislative branch) has long been the focus for comment and analysis - for example, has the prime minister in the United Kingdom come to a position of dominance at the...

From Legislation to Legitimation: The Role of the Portuguese Parliament

From Legislation to Legitimation: The Role of the Portuguese Parliament

1st Edition

Cristina Leston-Bandeira
April 24, 2016

This book is unique as the only book on the Portuguese parliament in English. The Portuguese parliament is a valuable case study to understand the different stages of development of a newly democratic parliament. From Legislation to Legitimation shows that, as democracy developed, the role of the...

The Europeanisation of Parliamentary Democracy

The Europeanisation of Parliamentary Democracy

1st Edition

Katrin Auel, Arthur Benz
February 28, 2016

This groundbreaking new study shows how the process of creating an ever closer European Union affects not only the policy-making, but also the politics and polity of the Member States. Empirical studies on the domestic impact of Europe identified different forms of Europeanization due to...

Parliamentary Opposition in Old and New Democracies

Parliamentary Opposition in Old and New Democracies

1st Edition

Ludger Helms
January 21, 2016

Previously published as a special issue of the Journal of Legislative Studies, this volume offers a broad comparative assessment of the many faces of parliamentary opposition in different political, legal and cultural settings. Issues of political opposition, and of parliamentary opposition in...

Parliamentary Representation in France

Parliamentary Representation in France

1st Edition

Olivier Costa
July 23, 2015

Despite real improvements since the beginning of the last decade, legislative studies are still underdeveloped in France, compared to other modern democracies. This weakness is linked to the characteristics of the political system itself: the Constitution of 1958 has created a semi-presidential...

Parliaments and Citizens

Parliaments and Citizens

1st Edition

Cristina Leston-Bandeira
April 27, 2015

The relationship between parliaments and citizens is one of the least studied subjects in legislative studies, yet this is a crucial dimension to understand parliaments and the role they play in our political systems. Furthermore, this relationship has gained considerable visibility over the...

Parliamentary Communication in EU Affairs: Connecting with the Electorate?

Parliamentary Communication in EU Affairs: Connecting with the Electorate?

1st Edition

Katrin Auel, Tapio Raunio
October 30, 2014

Over the last twenty years, the role of national parliaments in EU affairs has gained considerable academic attention. Much of the literature, however, has focused on parliamentary scrutiny and control in EU affairs. What tends to be generally overlooked is that the parliamentary communication...

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