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The Routledge Handbook of Parliamentary Administrations

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ISBN 9781032020242
March 24, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Parliamentary Administrations brings together an international, multidisciplinary group of contributors providing a systematic and comprehensive analysis of parliamentary administrations.

Including chapters on the administrations of national parliaments in every member state of the European Union, in most of the EU candidate countries and in key liberal democracies around the world, this book represents a uniquely broad-ranging resource. Each national system is treated in a consistent manner, with authors providing relevant facts, figures, and critical analysis according to a common framework. Additionally, it provides coverage of transnational parliamentary administrations in different regions around the globe and includes a number of cross-cutting chapters, addressing key issues of relevance for a better understanding of parliamentary administrations such as the potential for politicisation, professionalisation, digitalisation or Europeanisation with the comparative analysis of different national experiences. This handbook will enable readers to better comprehend the role and influence of parliamentary administrations and in doing so will enhance our understanding of their importance for the effective functioning of representative democracy more generally.

The Routledge Handbook of Parliamentary Administrations constitutes a unique tool and prime reference for any researcher, scholar or practitioner working in the area of parliamentary and legislative studies, governance, democracy, public policy and administration, as well as more widely to European studies, general political science and comparative politics.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Lord Philip Norton

1. Introduction: A Global Perspective on the Role of Parliamentary Administrations

Thomas Christiansen, Elena Griglio and Nicola Lupo

PART 1: Cross-cutting Analyses of Parliamentary Administrations

2. A Distinct Role for Parliamentary Administrations in Presidential and Parliamentary Systems?

Cristina Fasone 

3. The Internal Administrative Structure and the Relationship with the Speaker

Luigi Gianniti and Rosella Di Cesare

4. The Administrative Structure of Bicameral Parliaments

Elena Griglio and Nicola Lupo

5. The Europeanization of Parliamentary Administrations

Anna-Lena Högenauer

6. Parliamentary Diplomacy

Jonathan Murphy 

7. Parliamentary Administration Facing the Digital Challenge 

Fotios Fitsilis and Olivier Costa

8. Parliamentary Administrations and the Provision of Scientific Expertise

Giovanni Rizzoni

PART 2: Administrations of National Parliaments

2.1 In the EU

9. Austria

Johannes Pollak, Peter Slominski and Christoph Konrath

10. Belgium

Patricia Popelier and Pieter Caboor

11. Bulgaria

Martin Belov

12. Croatia

Jelena Špiljak 

13. Cyprus

Natia Karayianni

14. Czechia

Petr Kaniok

15. Denmark

Helene Helboe Pedersen

16. Estonia

Leif Kalev, Ott Lumi and Tõnis Saarts

17. Finland

Tapio Raunio

18. France

Angela Tacea

19. Germany

Felix Arndt, Anna-Lena Hoegenauer and Claus Koggel

20. Greece

Fotios Fitsilis

21. Hungary

Zsolt Szabo

22. Ireland

Melissa English and Tara Murphy

23. Italy

Nicola Lupo and Luigi Gianniti

24. Latvia

Daunis Auers and Visvaldis Valtenbergs

25. Lithuania

Modestas Gelbūda

26. Luxembourg

Astrid Spreitzer

27. Malta

Mark Harwood 

28. Netherlands

Afke Groen

29. Poland

Maciej Serowaniec

30. Portugal

Bruno Dias Pinheiro, Ana Vargas and Teresa Fonseca

31. Romania

Alexandra Alina Iancu

32. Slovakia

Natália Švecová

33. Slovenia

Alenka Kraśovec

34. Spain

Mario Kölling and Ignacio Molina

35. Sweden

Ingvar Mattson and Thomas Larue

2.2 In The Wider Europe

36. Albania

Afrim Krasniqi 

37. Bosnia and Herzegovina

Damir Kapidzic and Lejla Tafro

38. Iceland

Porsteinn Magnússon

39. Montenegro

Dražen Malović and Mirko Mijanović

40. North Macedonia

Vlora Rechica

41. Norway

Hilmar Rommetvedt

42. Serbia

Davor Jančić□

43. Switzerland

Andreas Ladner 

44. Turkey

Damla Cihangir Tetik and Selin Türkes-Kiliç

45. United Kingdom

Alexandra Meakin, Ben Yong and Cristina Leston-Bandeira

2.3 Worldwide

46. Argentina

Maria Paula Bertino

47. Australia

Val Barrett

48. Brazil

Fabiano Santos and Fernando Saboia Vieira

49. Canada

Jonathan Malloy

50. India

Milind Thakar

51. Israel

Susan Hattis Rolef 

52. Japan

Karol Żakowski

53. Korea

Youngah Guahk

54. Mexico

Fernando Nieto Morales

55. South Africa

Timothy Paul Layman

56. Tunisia

Faten Sliti

57. United States

B. Guy Peters

PART 3: The Transnational Dimension of Parliamentary Administration

58. European Parliament

Francis Jacobs and Alfredo De Feo

59. Global and Regional Perspectives on Transnational Parliamentary Administrations

Davor Jančić

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Thomas Christiansen is Professor of Political Science and European Integration at Luiss University, Italy.

Elena Griglio is Senior Parliamentary Official of the Italian Senate and teaches at the Department of Political Sciences at LUISS University, Italy.

Nicola Lupo is Professor of Public Law and Director of the Center for Parliamentary Studies (CESP) at LUISS University, Italy.


"Parliamentary administrations assure that legislatures’ formal authority translates into de facto power. The editors provide unique insights on parliamentary administrations worldwide. Historical trajectories, institutional capabilities and current challenges are systematically compared. An overdue Public Administration complement to Parliamentary Studies."

Michael W. Bauer, European University Institute, Florence, Italy.

"A major contribution to an overlooked, but key element of the political system. This volume breaks new ground in the range of questions it addresses and the systematic analysis it undertakes. An impressive feature is that it extends beyond the ‘usual suspects’ in making its selection of cases."

Hussein Kassim, University of East Anglia, UK.

"This handbook highlights the central importance of administrative resources within democratic legislatures through a broad array of case studies and a careful selection of comparative thematic chapters. The volume provides a new and invaluable resource for comparative research on the quality, capacity and evolution of administrative organization in legislatures."

Amie Kreppel, Professor and Jean Monnet Chair, University of Florida, USA.