- About the Contributors
- Formal Models of Legislatures
- The Sociology of Legislators and Legislatures
- Typologies and Classifications
- Roll-Call Analysis and the Study of Legislatures
- Words as Data: Content Analysis in Legislative Studies
- Debate and Deliberation in Legislatures
- Interviews and Surveys in Legislative Research
- The Experimental Study of Legislative Behaviour
- Candidate Selection: Implications and Challenges for Legislative Behaviour
- The Effect of Electoral Institutions on Legislative Behaviour
- Gender and Legislatures
- Roles in Legislatures
- Legislative Careers
- Procedure and Rules in Legislatures
- The Politics of Bicameralism
- Political Parties and Legislators
- Party Discipline
- Legislative Party Switching
- Legislative Institutions and Coalition Government
- Institutional Foundations of Legislative Agenda-Setting
- Legislatures and Public Finance
- Legislatures, Lobbying, and Interest Groups
- Legislatures and Foreign Policy
- Common Agency? Legislatures and Bureaucracies
- Political Behaviour in the European Parliament
- Sub-National Legislatures
- The Study of Legislatures in Latin America
- Legislatures in Central and Eastern Europe
- Authoritarian Legislatures
- Reluctant Democrats and Their Legislatures
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
The conduct of parliamentary work is governed by formal rules that are usually spelled out in the constitution and in standing orders or rules of procedure of parliaments. The degree of internal regulation of parliaments varies between countries and regimes. In addition to constitutions and permanent standing orders, other sources of parliamentary rules include Temporary Standing Orders (as in Britain), individual laws, and case law. This chapter examines rules of procedure in legislatures and their consequences. It first considers the rationale for parliamentary rules and what happens when legislative rules fail. It then outlines the core tasks of democratic legislatures, highlights some of the most important variations in the rules applied by democratic parliaments, and assesses their consequences. It also discusses rule-making and institutional change, as well as rules on agenda-setting and parliamentary voting, rules governing political control, and legislators’ reaching out to the public through parliamentary action.
Wolfgang C. Müller is Professor of Democratic Governance at the University of Vienna.
Ulrich Sieberer is Research Group Leader in the Department of Politics and Fellow of the Zukunftskolleg at the University of Konstanz.
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