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.
Parliaments and Post-Legislative Scrutiny
Parliamentary Committees in the Policy Process
Government-Opposition in Southern European Countries during the Economic Crisis Great Recession, Great Cooperation?
Executive Leadership and Legislative Assemblies
By Franklin de Vrieze, Philip Norton
September 25, 2023
To what extent have parliaments a responsibility to monitor how laws are implemented as intended and have the expected impact? Is the practice of Post-Legislative Scrutiny emerging as a new dimension within the oversight role of parliament? What approach do parliaments apply in assessing the ...
By Sean Haughey
September 08, 2023
Northern Ireland’s power- sharing Assembly is understudied in the legislative studies literature. Having been suspended (or de facto suspended) for around 40% of its existence, conversation has tended to focus more on the wider political problems in which the Assembly has been enmeshed and less on ...
By Federico Russo
May 31, 2023
This book examines the content of MPs’ activities through which parliamentarians generate representative claims. Challenging the idea that studying individual representation is a futile exercise, this book shows that looking at the opinions and behavioural patterns of parliamentarians can shed ...
By Sven T. Siefken, Hilmar Rommetvedt
May 31, 2023
This book sheds new light on the often shadowy, but essential role of committees, which exist in modern parliaments around the globe, and it questions the conventional notion that the ‘real’ work of parliament happens in committees. Renowned country specialists take a close look at what goes on in ...
By Tim Alexander Mickler
March 16, 2022
This book examines the working procedures of parliamentary party groups within specialised committees - the backstage but primary means for MPs to influence policy. It explains which MPs specialise in particular policy areas, how they make policy choices in committees, and, subsequently, how these ...
By Philip Norton
July 15, 2020
The Impact of Legislatures brings together key articles and path-breaking scholarship published in The Journal of Legislative Studies during its first 25 years of publication, enabling the reader to make sense of the impact of legislatures in the modern world. Encompassing theory, comparative ...
By Jorge M. Fernandes, Cristina Leston-Bandeira
June 04, 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 ...
By Gabriele Abels, Anna-Lena Högenauer
June 08, 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 ...
By Cristiane Brum Bernardes, Cristina Leston-Bandeira, Ricardo de João Braga
December 06, 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 ...
By Elisabetta 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...
By 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 ...
By 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...