Description : Bradshaw and Pring - both Clerks at Westminster - wrote a well-received study of Parliament and Congress (1972, new ed 1980). Much has happened since then, both in politics and to the institutions. The present work is an entirely fresh look at the two legislatures. Though their constitutional positions and development are quite distinct, they nevertheless have much in common historically and face many of the same contemporary problems. The authors' views of theprocesses and problems of Congress and Parliament rest on their respective careers - in both cases over some forty years - as senior and impartial officers of the House of Representatives and the House of Commons with first-hand experience of the two major institutions. That experience has enabledthem to judge the prospects for Congress and Parliament without political partiality but with understanding of the complex interplay of politics and procedure which is everyday life on Capitol Hill and at Westminster.
Description : In Beyond Westminster and Congress, thirteen scholars characterize parliamentary life and procedures in five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Although there are important institutional similarities among the five systems -- all have unicameral parliaments that share common roots in the political history of the region -- there are theoretically interesting differences among the five systems as well. These similarities and differences make the Nordic countries particularly interesting subjects for analysis. The book had its genesis at the Nordic Political Science Association Conference in Oslo in 1993, where several of the contributors met to discuss the possibility of coordinating parliamentary surveys already underway in some of the Nordic countries. The five-nation project Nordic Legislature and Legislators was started shortly thereafter, and members of the research group met on several occasions over the next few years to organize their research. The collaborative nature of this project makes it a particularly valuable contribution to our understanding of how parliaments work. The book begins by setting the Scandinavian parliaments in their historical and national settings. Part I analyzes political representation in the Nordic countries, focusing on the links between representatives and the represented. Part 2 analyzes parliamentary organization, the different roles of committees, parties, and leadership. In part 3, the analysis turns to parliamentary decision making, including the influence of interest groups and the executive. Finally, the authors consider relations between the national parliaments and the larger European setting, includingrepresentation in the European Parliament.
Description : In this companion volume to the national public television documentary of the same name, interviews of philosophy luminaries expose the relevance of philosophy to everyday life.