Handbook of Parliamentary Studies

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Legislatures

Edited by Cyril Benoît, CNRS Researcher and Olivier Rozenberg, Associate Professor, Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics, Sciences Po, France

This comprehensive Handbook takes a multidisciplinary approach to the study of parliaments, offering novel insights into the key aspects of legislatures, legislative institutions and legislative politics. Connecting rich and diverse fields of inquiry, it illuminates how the study of parliaments has shaped a wider understanding surrounding politics and society over the past decades.

‘This intriguing volume brings together a remarkably rich and diverse set of perspectives on parliamentary politics from a variety of scholarly disciplines and traditions. There is much to appreciate and celebrate, and from here on there is no excuse for parliamentary studies to be dull or parochial.’
– Kaare Strøm, University of California, San Diego, US

‘For decades parliaments were understudied. This changed drastically when the wave of democratization after the fall of the Iron Curtain crystallized in the establishment of freely elected parliaments. The Handbook of Parliamentary Studies proves that this was not merely driven by idiosyncrasies of ever more specialized sciences but by the very nature of the institution itself. The normative substance and empirical richness of Parliament rightfully resulted in more and more research efforts from a wide range of disciplines. With their selection of fields and authors Benoît and Rozenberg impressively demonstrate the plethora of knowledge and insights assembled on parliaments. By widening the perspectives beyond the boundaries of political science and constitutional law they fill “Parliamentary Studies” with a new, attractive meaning.’
– Suzanne S. Schüttemeyer, Martin-Luther-University, Halle, Germany

‘Parliaments have been the objects of sustained study in many academic disciplines. While the respective disciplinary groups occasionally intersect, the new Handbook of Parliamentary Studies is the first to my knowledge that takes an avowedly interdisciplinary perspective, bringing together scholars from five main fields to consider both their distinctive and common interests in the study of legislatures. Given the growth of legislative studies generally, the Handbook will be a welcome addition for scholars seeking a broader perspective.’
– Gary Cox, Stanford University, US

2020 512 pp Hardback 978 1 78990 650 9 £200.00 £180.00 $290.00 $261.00

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