From Legislation to Legitimation: The Role of the Portuguese Parliament

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Psychology Press, 2004 - Political Science - 184 pages
This book is unique as the only book on the Portuguese parliament in English. The Portuguese parliament is a valuable case study to understand the different stages of development of a newly democratic parliament. From Legislation to Legitimation shows that, as democracy developed, the role of the Portuguese parliament changed considerably. Whereas in the first years of democracy the Assembleia da Republica was centred on its legislative role, during the second decade its legitimation role expanded, making scrutiny parliament's main function.
 

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Contents

Packenhams functions
1
Description of the Portuguese context
18
parliaments governments prime ministers and presidents of the republic
26
Party representation in parliament
27
The Portuguese parliament in context
36
Parliamentarism in Portugal
37
Rules of procedure in force since 1976
48
Agendasetting according to different rules of procedures
55
Motions of rejection confidence and censure
81
Classical parliamentary control instruments in the Portuguese parliament
88
Special debates in the Portuguese parliament
90
Number of substitutions of MPs
93
Petitions presented to parliament
95
Petitions presented to parliament in the V and VI legislatures
96
a case study
103
Proportion of votes taken in committee and in the chamber on
109

Number of MPs per parliamentary group
56
Outcome of MPs bills
70
Outcome of MPs bills municipal bills excluded
71
Proportion of MPs bills not discussed at first reading
72
Outcome of governments bills
73
Proportion of delegation of powers bills
74
Ratifications proposed since 1976
75
Consideration of ratifications
76
Amendments to the budget proposed in each legislature
115
Votes taken on articles of the budget requesting a delegation
121
Proportion of articles and amendments approved in the four
127
Proportion of local amendments
133
from legislative oriented
142
Bibliography
157
Index
181
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Cristina Leston-Bandeira is a lecturer in legislative studies at the University of Hull. She has established herself as the leading expert on the Portuguese parliament. Her research interests also include new parliaments and the use of the internet by parliament.

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