1st Edition

The New Roles of Parliamentary Committees

Edited By Roger H. Davidson, Lawrence D. Longley Copyright 1998
    264 Pages
    by Routledge

    262 Pages
    by Routledge

    Parliaments had been expected to decline in significance at the end of the 20th century, but instead they have developed new and vital political roles and have innovated their institutional structure in parliamentary committees, not only in a few parliaments, but as a global phenomenon.

    Chapter 1 Parliamentary Committees: Changing Perspectives on Changing Institutions This essay reflects the intellectual stimulation of the Parliamentary Committee Initiative, and has Particularly benefited from the comments and scholarship of the members of the Initiative's International Steering Committee. Besides Lawrence D. Longley and Roger H. Davidson, these scholars include Attila Ágh, Philip Norton, David M. Olson, Malcolm Shaw, Barbara Sinclair, Kaare Strøm, Wlodzimierz Wesolowski, and Drago Zajc. Valuable and greatly appreciated support was provided to this project by the Dean of the Faculty of Lawrence University in the form of Lawrence University Faculty Research Grants in 1996 and 1997; this assistance greatly facilitated the writing and editing of this work from venues as disparate as Appleton, Wisconsin, Washington, DC, and Budapest, Hungary., Lawrence D. Longley, Roger H. Davidson; Chapter 2 Parliamentary Committees in European Democracies This article is based on collaborative research with Ingvar Mattson within the research project on ‘Parliaments and Majority Rule in Western Europe’, directed by Herbert Döring. I gratefully acknowledge my debts to my co-author, to the project director, to Elvira Scholz, and to Jenny Santelmann Post for assistance in data collection and analysis, and to all the country specialists who patiently answered our questionnaire and later checked the accuracy of the data. This research was conducted in Part while I was a William C. Bark National Fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University. I thank Hoover for its hospitality and support., Kaarre Strom; Chapter 3 Norwegian Parliamentary Committees: Performance, Structural Change and External Relations The author would like to thank Sandra Halverson, Per Laegreid, Paul G. Roness and John-Erik Aagotnes for their invaluable assistance and advice., Hilmar Rommetvedt; Chapter 4 Changing Parliamentary Committees in Changing East-Central Europe: Parliamentary Committees as Central Sites of Policy Making, Attila Ágh; Chapter 5 Committees in the Post-Communist Polish Sejm: Structure, Activity and Members, David M. Olson, Ania Van Der Meer-Krok-Paszkowska, Maurice D. Simon, Irena Jackiewicz; Chapter 6 US Congressional Committees: Changing Legislative Workshops The authors would like to thank Christopher J. Deering for providing helpful suggestions and comments on drafts of this study., Colton C. Campbell, Roger H. Davidson; Chapter 7 Nascent Institutionalisation: Committees in the British Parliament, Philip Norton; Chapter 8 Political Reform and the Committee System in Israel: Structural and Functional Adaptation The author is grateful to the Israel Democracy Institute for its generous support for this research, and to Lawrence D. Longley for his valuable comments on numerous drafts., Reuven Y. Hazan; Chapter 9 Committees in the Russian State Duma: Continuity and Change in Comparative Perspective The author wishes to thank Tom Remington, Vin Moscardelli, Kyle Saunders, Richard Wike, and the editors for helpful comments. Also those deputies and staff members of the State Duma who gave of their time to make this research possible, as well as Ms Irina Andreeva, Director of the Parliamentary Library of the Russian Federation, for her hospitality. This research was sponsored in Part by the International Research Exchanges Board. None of the above bears any responsibility for the contents of this paper., Moshe Haspel; Chapter 10 The Organisation and Workings of Committees in the Korean National Assembly The author would like to acknowledge the financial support of the Research Fund of Seoul National University for the research on which this article is based., Chan Wook Park; Chapter 11 Parliamentary Committees: A Global Perspective, Malcolm Shaw;


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