Legislative Decline in the 21st Century: A Comparative Perspective (Paperback)

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Legislative Decline in the 21st Century: A Comparative Perspective By Irina Khmelko (Editor), Rick Stapenhurst (Editor), Michael L. Mezey (Editor) Cover Image
By Irina Khmelko (Editor), Rick Stapenhurst (Editor), Michael L. Mezey (Editor)
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Irina Khmelko, Frederick Stapenhurst, and Michael L. Mezey have assembled an authoritative guide to the declining institutional capacities of legislatures around the world.

Case studies represent a diverse sample of countries, ranging from newer democracies emerging from the post-communist world to more established but at times fragile democracies in Asia. Although largely focused on newer democratic systems, readers will be able to identify key factors that explain the general global trend toward the empowerment of executives at the expense of national legislatures. The cases, although different from one another, identify several factors that have explained the erosion of legislative power, including historical legacies, institutional design, economic factors, external factors, political polarization, personalization of politics, and the rise of populism. Original data and the presentation of testable theoretical propositions about the growing imbalance between executives and national legislatures moves the field in a promising new direction.

Legislative Decline in the 21st Century will be of interest to students and scholars of Legislative Studies and Comparative Politics. Lessons drawn from these case studies will allow policy makers to explore new solutions that can lead to the improved quality of democracy in countries around the world.

About the Author

Irina Khmelko is UC Foundation Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. She is the author of numerous publications on post-communist politics and democratic institution building. Much of her work focuses on Ukraine and Russia. She has served as a guest editor and published in a variety of journals including The Journal of Political Science and Politics, The Journal of Legislative Studies, and The Journal Communist and Post-Communist Studies. Her works have been published in different countries of the world including the US, UK, Germany, and Ukraine. She publishes in three languages including her book The State of the Ukrainian Parliamentarism, with O. Bruslyk and A. Evseev, Ukraine, 2018. She has served as a consultant on democratization for governmental and non-governmental organizations, and she has served as a Vice-Chair of the Research Committee of Legislative Specialists of the International Political Science Association.Frederick Stapenhurst is Assistant Professor and Parliamentary Programs Coordinator at McGill University, Canada. He is a former board member at Parliamentary Centre, member of Transparency International, and North American co-chair of the Research Committee of Legislative Specialists. Prior to joining McGill University, he worked at the World Bank concentrating on anticorruption and parliamentary development and writing extensively on these issues. Michael L. Mezey is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at DePaul University and former Dean of DePaul's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He has written extensively on legislatures around the world, the United States Congress, and about the relationship between the Congress and the President in the United States. His books include Comparative Legislatures (1979); Congress, the President, and Public Policy (1989); Representative Democracy (2008); Presidentialism: Power in Comparative Perspective (2013); and Selecting the President: The Perils of Democracy (2018). Mezey is a founding co-editor of The Legislative Studies Quarterly and served on that journal's editorial board for nearly 40 years.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780367342951
ISBN-10: 0367342952
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: February 3rd, 2020
Pages: 216
Language: English