Understanding Us/Uk Government and Politics: A Comparative Guide

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5
Legislatures

The constitutions of most countries describe the legislature, parliament or
congress as the key decision-making body in the realm, or else accord it equal
status with the Executive. Yet in practice the reality is different. Few legislatures
make important decisions and in many cases neither do they initiate laws. Over
recent decades, writers have often drawn attention to the alleged 'decline of
legislatures'. In Britain, chapters have been written on the 'passing of parliament',
'parliament in decline' or 'the loss of parliamentary control'. Yet in spite of their
relative decline, in many cases they remain very significant in any democracy for
they usually comprise the elected representatives who are there because they
reflect the sentiments and feelings of the electorate
.

In this chapter, we are primarily concerned with the nature and work of Parliament
and Congress and of the members who serve in them. We also comment on the
characteristics of second chambers and their role, before finally assessing the
theory of legislative decline and its application to Britain and America
.


POINTS TO CONSIDER
Are bicameral legislatures a good thing?
Are legislatures policy-making bodies? If so, in what sense?
Consider the changing role of legislatures.
'Today, the functions of legislatures are more to legitimate than to legislate'. Why is this so?
'A key function of legislatures is to scrutinise and control the work of the executive branch'. How do Parliament and Congress attempt to do this and with what success?
Compare the contribution of committees in Parliament and Congress.
Compare the pay and conditions of MPs and members of Congress.
To what extent does the membership of Parliament and Congress respectively reflect the social composition of Britain and the United States?
Does it matter that most legislatures are socially unrepresentative of the populations they serve?
Does the experience of Britain and the United States support the idea of 'postwar legislative decline'?

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • The Politics Association viii
  • Political Leaders of the Post-1945 Era ix
  • 1: The Context of Political Life in Britain and the United States 1
  • 2: Constitutions 26
  • 3: Protecting Liberties, Advancing Rights 46
  • 4: Executives 66
  • 5: Legislatures 106
  • 6: Judiciaries 139
  • 7: Governance Beyond the Centre 155
  • 8: Political Parties 178
  • 9: Pressure Groups 219
  • 10: The Mass Media 243
  • 11: Voting and Elections 269
  • 12: Democracy in Theory and Practice 305
  • Index 329
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