"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"-- Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Introduction: Vulnerable legislatures in the era of strong executives / Michael L. Mezey Comparing legislatures in Moldova and Macedonia / William Crowther The rise of powerful executives : comparing the Ukrainian and Russian legislatures / Irina Khmelko, Oleksii Bruslyk, Edward Rakhimkulov A new parliament in the economic crisis : Slovenia's national assembly, 2008-2016 / Drago Zajc Poland : the road to authoritarianism is paved by Gradual Majoritarian shifts / Monika Nalepa The grand National Assembly of Turkey : a decline in legislative capacity / Ömer Faruk Gençkaya The decline of the Lok Sabha in India : the impact of party polarization, rise of the media, and the BJP's dominance on parliamentary efficacy / Milind Thakar The legislature as a tool, executives' power grab and civilian authoritarianism : the Bangladesh case / Ali Riaz Changes in executive-legislative relationship : a comparative analysis of Turkey and Central European countries / Adam Szymański Democracy, legislatures and business conditions in post-authoritarian African regimes / Isabelle Côté and Rick Stapenhurst Legislative-executive relations in post-Junta Myanmar / Anthony Staddon Mexico : the rise of presidential populism and the decline of Congress / Khemvirg Puente The decline of the Hungarian legislature since 2010 / Csaba Nikolenyi The upsurge of right-wing populism in Germany / Julia Schwanholz, Marcel Lewandowsky, Christoph Leonhardt, Andreas Blätte Conclusion: A theory of global legislative decline? / John Ishiyama.
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Print version: Legislative decline in the 21st century. New York, NY : Routledge, 2020