This book provides a comparative study of the legislatures of small nations, states and territories, to explore the extent to which size is a factor in how they function and fulfil the roles and responsibility of a legislature.
Though the physical nature and environment of states is a neglected subject in political science research, this book examines the impact of small state size on the structure and functions of legislatures and contributes to a better understanding of the interplay of physical and social factors. Focussing on legislatures in democratic nations or in territories that are parts of democratic units, the book features case studies on Malta, Bermuda, Jersey, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, the Isle of Man, Commonwealth Caribbean, Nunavut (Canada), Pacific islands, Swaziland, and Scotland. Contributors employ an interdisciplinary approach to examine both the outcomes and causes of different political mechanisms, and bring to the surface underlying correlation between small states through their analysis.
Legislatures of Small States will be of interest to students and scholars of international politics, comparative politics and legislative studies.
Table of Contents
Foreword Peter Riddell 1. Introduction Part 1: Legislatures Nicholas DJ Baldwin Introduction Part 2: Legislatures in Small States Dag Anckar 2. The Commonwealth Caribbean Hamid Ghany 3. Pacific islands Dag Anckar 4. Lesotho Susan Booysen 5. Liechtenstein (a) The Parliament of the Principality of Liechtenstein Marion Frick-Tabarelli (b) Parliamentarianism in a complex political system Dr Wilfried Marxer 6. Malta Michael Frendo 7. Swaziland Susan Booysen 8. Bermuda Walton Brown Jr 9. Gibraltar Haresh K. Budhrani 10. Guernsey Richard McMahon 11. Jersey Michael de la Haye 12. Isle of Man Jonathan King 13. Hong Kong Lam Wai-man 14. Nunavut (Canada) Graham White 15. Scotland Mark Shephard 16. Conclusion Michael Rush
Nicholas D.J. Baldwin is Dean and Lecturer in government and politics at Wroxton College, UK, the British campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University, USA.