Handbook of Parliamentary Studies


Handbook of Parliamentary Studies

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Legislatures

9781789906509 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Cyril Benoît, CNRS Researcher and Olivier Rozenberg, Associate Professor, Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics, Sciences Po, France
Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78990 650 9 Extent: 512 pp
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.

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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.

Through 26 thematic chapters, expert contributors analyse parliamentary institutions from various disciplinary perspectives (history, law, political science, political economy, sociology and anthropology). A wide range of approaches is covered, including the sociological study of members of parliaments, gender studies and the mathematical conceptualisation of legislatures. Exploring the history of parliament, the concepts and theories of parliamentarism, constitutional law, and the linkages between parliaments and the administrative state or with populism, this incisive Handbook provides a panoramic view of this institution. Chapters also map the main trends, patterns of developments and controversies related to parliaments, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of current research and identifying a range of promising avenues for further study.

Drawing together international and comparative approaches, the Handbook of Parliamentary Studies will be a critical resource for academics and students of parliamentary politics, political science, political economy, public law and political history. It also provides a vital foundation for researchers of legislative and political institutions.

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‘This remarkable volume edited by Benoit and Rozenberg confirms the compelling need for a radical reconsideration of parliaments as representative institutions of our complex societies. Such an endeavour could not successfully be achieved in the absence of a strong link between new analytical tools and adequate civic energies. This book makes a remarkable contribution in this direction.’
– Giovanni Rizzoni, Luigi Gianniti, International Journal of Parliamentary Studies

‘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

Contributors: C. Achin, I. Bar-Siman-Tov, C. Benoît, J. Brichzin, A. Cirone, H. Crès, E. Crewe, M. Deville, P. Dumont, C. Fasone, B.N. Field, C. Garcia Perez de Leon, D. Gardey, A. Goujon, M. Hébert, D. Krichewsky, A. Le Divellec, C. Lord, N. Lupo, M. Milet , D. Mineur, V. Palanza, K. Palonen, L. Ringel, O. Rozenberg, D. Saint-Martin, J. Schank, P.Seaward, G. Sin, E. Thiers, G. Tusseau, T. Yoshida, S. Wuhs


Chapter 1: Introduction to the Handbook of Parliamentary Studies
Cyril Benoît, Olivier Rozenberg

Chapter 2: On the concepts of parliament, parliamentarianism and parliamentary democracy
Olivier Rozenberg

Chapter 3: The History of Parliament
Paul Seaward

Chapter 4: The Pre-History of Parliament
Michel Hébert

Chapter 5: Aspects of Conceptual History of Parliamentary Politics
Kari Palonen

Chapter 6: Theories of parliamentarism, philosophies of democracy
Didier Mineur

Chapter 7: Parliament in constitutional law
Armel Le Divellec

Chapter 8: Parliaments in comparative legal and political analyses
Cristina Fasone

Chapter 9: Beyond Neglect and Disrespect: Legislatures in Legal Scholarship
Ittai Bar-Siman-Tov

Chapter 10: Sources and Origins of Parliamentary Law
Nicola Lupo & Eric Thiers

Chapter 11: Parliaments and Fundamental Rights
Guillaume Tusseau

Chapter 12: Political Science approaches to legislatures
Cyril Benoît, Olivier Rozenberg

Chapter 13: Parliaments and Democratic Transitions
Alexandra Goujon

Chapter 14: The Comparative Institutional Analysis of Parliamentary Ethics
Denis Saint-Martin

Chapter 15: Legislatures and the Administrative State: Political control, Bureaucratic Politics and Public Accountability
Cyril Benoît

Chapter 16: Parliaments & Regionalism
Bonnie N. Field, Steven T. Wuhs

Chapter 17. Parliaments in an age of populism
Toru Yoshida

Chapter 18: The Economic Approach to Assembly Decisions
Hervé Crès

Chapter 19: Formal approaches to the study of parliaments
Cesar Garcia Perez de Leon, Patrick Dumont

Chapter 20: Historical Political Economy of Parliaments
Alexandra Cirone

Chapter 21: Legislatures and Executive Vetoes
Valeria Palanza, Gisela Sin

Chapter 22: Anthropology of Parliaments
Emma Crewe

Chapter 23: Sociology of Parliaments: New Trajectories
Jenni Brichzin, Damien Krichewsky, Leopold Ringel, Jan Schank

Chapter 24: Feminist Studies and Parliaments
Catherine Achin, Delphine Gardey

Chapter 25: Parliament in the policymaking process : toward a sociology of law-making
Marc Milet

Chapter 26: Parliaments as places of Discourse
Christopher Lord, Marion Deville


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