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World encyclopedia of parliaments and legislatures
Kurian, George Thomas.
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : Congressional Quarterly, [1998]

Physical Description:
2 volumes (xxxii, 878 pages, 38 pages) : maps ; 29 cm


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JF511 .W67 1998 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
JF511 .W67 1998 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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A collection of over 200 articles describing legislative bodies around the world. For each country, the legislative body is discussed in terms of constitutional approach as well as practice. Key characteristics such as historical background, elections, lawmaking and budgetary control are covered.

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Produced under the auspices of the Research Committee of Legislative Specialists, International Political Science Association, and Commonwealth Parliamentary Society, this encyclopedia is a welcome addition to the literature on world legislative bodies and comparative government. It offers readers a timely and inclusive survey of parliamentary systems containing 185 entries describing almost 200 national assemblies; information is current through June 1997. An informative introductory essay outlines variations in structure, character, influence, and purpose among parliamentary governments. These differences are subsequently given greater detail in the country profiles. So far as possible contributors follow a standard format for each country that includes the historical background of parliamentary development, organization and procedures, the legislative process, elections, and parties. Not surprisingly the focus and length of parliamentary profiles varies according to national history and the openness of political systems. Profiles range in length from one to more than 15 pages. The work concludes with a collection of specialized essays on selected themes (e.g., legislative committees, voting behavior, lobbying, minority members, the new democracies of Central Europe) and essays on the UN General Assembly and the European Parliament. Contributors include more than 90 experts in the field. The writing is clear and accessible to students from high school through college, and there is a useful glossary. This should become a standard reference source; future editions will become increasingly valuable to students and teachers. Highly recommended to academic libraries at all levels. F. Oscadal; Dartmouth College