Southern European Parliaments in Democracy

Edited by Cristina Leston-Bandeira

© 2005 – Routledge

192 pages

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Hardback: 9780415358880
pub: 2005-06-16
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About the Book

Southern European Parliaments in Democracy analyses the development of the parliaments of Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Turkey since the mid-1980s. This book considers the challenges of the transition to democracy and outlines how the Parliaments of Southern Europe have adapted to the pressures of a democratic polity. Its focus is an assessment of the main changes that have taken place since the periods of transition to democracy right up to the present day. Chapters are country specific and consider a variety of indicators, from legislation and scrutiny to the social background of MPs.

This book was previously published as a special issue of the Journal of Legislative Studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. The Hellenic Parliament: The new rules of the game 3. The Italian Parliament: In search of a new role? 4. Much Ado about Something?: Parliamentary politics in Italy amid the rhetoric of majority rule and an uncertain party system 5. Internalising the Lessons of Stable Democracy: The Portuguese parliament 6. Spanish Parliament in a Triangular Relationship, 1982-2000 7. Parliament and Citizenship in Spain: Twenty-five years of a mismatch? 8. Volatility in Politics, Stability in Parliament: An impossible dream? The Turkish Grand National Assembly during the last two decades 9. Conclusion

About the Series

Library of Legislative Studies

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.

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