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Legislatures Philip Norton

Legislatures By Philip Norton

Legislatures by Philip Norton


Legislatures is a wide-ranging compilation of original writing arranged thematically on legislatures covering their development, functions, types, relationship to British law, and the formation of policy and ideas on the reform of Parliament at the present time.

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Legislatures by Philip Norton

Legislatures aims to offer one of the most substantial and wide-ranging compilations of original writing on legislatures currently available. It contains essays from fifteen writers, ordered thematically and edited to ensure their relevance to the modern reader. Sources range from the three scholar-politicians - Montesquieu, Bagehot and Bryce - to contemporary political scientists such as Bernard Crick, Anthony King, Samuel Beer and Nelson Polsby, who have extended the boundaries of understanding in this area. This volume also includes extracts from official publications that have had a practical impact upon legislative development. The extracts are preceded by a short introduction by the editor and each section has an introductory commentary explaining the significance of the writings chosen for inclusion.

Table of Contents

Part 1 The historical paradigm - centrality and 'decline': of the laws which establish political liberty with regard to the Constitution, Baron de Montesquieu; the House of Commons, Walter Bagehot; the decline of legislatures, Lord Bryce. Part 2 New dimensions - moving beyond mono-functionalism: the British legislature and the problem of mobilising consent, Samuel H. Beer; legislatures and political development, Robert A. Packenham; policy demands and system support - the role of the represented, John C. Wahlke. Part 3 New dimensions - classifying legislatures: legislatures, Nelson W. Polsby; classifying legislatures, Michael L. Mezey; Parliament and policy in Britain - the House of Commons as a policy influencer, Philip Norton. Part 4 Executive-legislative relations: legislative behaviour - some steps towards a cross-national measurement, Jean Blondel; modes of executive-legislative relations - Great Britain, France, and West Germany, Anthony King. Part 5 Legislatures and the question of reform: the reform of Parliament, Bernard Crick; the British House of Commons, first report from the Select Committee on Procedure 1977/78; the Canadian House of Commons, third report from the Special Committee on Reform - the McGrath Committee; towards a better democracy, The Royal Commission on the Electoral System.

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