This book provides a distinctive new introduction to the study of comparative politics at undergraduate level. Rich in case study material and global in coverage, Comparative Politics sets out the basic theoretical and methodological foundations for studying different political systems as well as the key structures and actors of which they are comprised. 

Legislative-Executive Relations

Legislative-executive relations

Chapter Outline

This chapter explores the role of legislatures and executives, focusing especially on the relationship between the two at a national level. In particular it looks at degrees of parliamentary autonomy in the legislative process and the significance of legislative-executive power relations to decision-making in the broader political arena, as well as discussing the value of different explanatory paradigms in the explanation of these processes.


The division of power and responsibility between the legislature and the executive is one of the most important institutional variables in distinguishing between states. By understanding the relationship between legislative and executive institutions it is possible to trace the contours of the macro-political environment in a given state. Crucial variables such as presidentialism versus parliamentarianism cannot fully explain ...

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