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The SAGE Handbook of Political Science presents a major retrospective and prospective overview of the discipline. Comprising three volumes of contributions from expert authors from around the world, the handbook aims to frame, assess and synthesize research in the field, helping to define and identify its current and future developments. It does so from a truly global and cross-area perspective. Chapters cover a broad range of aspects, from providing a general introduction to exploring important subfields within the discipline. Each chapter is designed to provide a state-of-the-art and comprehensive overview of the topic by incorporating cross-cutting global, interdisciplinary, and, where this applies, gender perspectives. The Handbook is arranged over seven core thematic sections: Part 1: Political Theory; Part 2: Methods; Part 3: Political Sociology; Part ...

Legislative Power
Legislative power
Werner J. Patzelt
Introduction

In a narrow sense, ‘legislative power’ may pass as the power of a legislature to legislate, or of a parliament to exert control over a cabinet. Yet the formal power to legislate, or to oversee the executive, is only the tip of an iceberg of institutional and material resources that can make an assembly powerful and give it ‘a significant effect on policy’ (Arter, 2006b: 255). Therefore, we have to look at legislative or ‘parliamentary’ power in a broad perspective. And although there is no unchallenged consensus on terms, we can safely use the term ‘parliament’ for a legislature, which has the function of forming and sustaining a cabinet in addition to an ...

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