Italian Parliament can bring down governments relatively easily Nelson Polsby

Italian parliament can bring down governments

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Italian Parliament – can bring down governments relatively easily; Nelson Polsby (1975), distinguishes between ‘arena’ and ‘transformative’ legislatures; To examine these functions more systematically and comparatively, we can classify them as follows: Functions relating to assembly-executive relations; Legislative functions; Representative functions; 5
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Legislative Functions Three basic law- making functions Making, Amend and Repeal Laws; Closures, Guillotines, adjournment – provisions for bringing discussion on bills to an end. 6
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Representative Functions Link between the government and governed; Informing the public about government policies; Serving the Constituency: Helping or advising particular constituents; ‘social welfare officer’ roles; Satisfy patronage-seekers looking for government positions; 7
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Functions Relating Assembly- Executive Relations Selecting the political chief executive or Head of Government in Parliamentary system; even in some presidential system the assembly shares the power. Example: Philippines; Influencing executive decision-making through debates and questions; Scrutinize government policies through committee system; Providing legitimation and authorization to government policies; Provide financing to the government; Authorization to raise revenue; Permission to spend money; no money can be spent and no tax can be levied without the approval of the legislature. And scrutiny how the money has been spent; 8
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Judicial Functions Adjudicating cases of impeachment. The American Senate sits as a court of impeachment for the trial of the President and Vice-President.
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  • Fall '17
  • kamrul Hassan
  • Government, Parliament, House of Lords, Parliamentary system, Bicameralism

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