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Parliament and Congress: Representation and Scrutiny in the Twenty-First Century
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Parliament and Congress: Representation and Scrutiny in the Twenty-First Century

William McKay and Charles W. Johnson

Abstract

The constitutional background of both legislatures and their procedures are described and where possible compared. Currently unsolved problems often have much in common, in vexed areas such as ethics requirements or how procedural rules permit minorities fair access to legislative time before majorities prevail. British successes include the enhanced authority and effectiveness of select committees and the acquisition of more debating time by the creation of a parallel Chamber. Unsolved problems at Westminster begin with the powers and status of the Lords, and go on through the search for more ... More

Keywords: ethics, enhanced authority, House of Lords, Parliament, back‐benchers, government, select committees, Senate, Congress, inverse ratio

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199273621
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273621.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William McKay, author
Formerly Clerk of the House of Commons

Charles W. Johnson, author
Consultant to the Parliamentarian of the U.S. House of Representatives and Former Parliamentarian