Democratic Legislative Institutions: A Comparative View: A Comparative View
This text summarizes the research on, and experiences of, democratic legislatures around the world. It focuses on what legislatures are and what they do - as both consequence of and contributor to democratic self-government.
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Legislatures and Policy Decisions
The Members and the Institution
Members and Officers
Party System and Government Selection
A Troubled Relationship
Districting and Campaign Finance
The Vocabulary of Parliaments and Legislatures
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