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This article begins with a discussion of the British model of parliamentarism. It then discusses continental Europe's original version of parliamentarism; how a common consent was finally reached on the meaning of ‘parliamentarism’; the waves of democratization and the worldwide diffusion of the parliamentary system; forms of government and separation of powers; the status of member of parliament; differences and analogies within the family of parliamentary systems; and whether parliamentarism is declining.
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