At the end of the "founding" or initial decade, the new parliaments of post-Communist Europe had developed two distinct types: democratic and presidentially-dominated. Whilst in the early years, they had been characterised as "parliaments in adolescence," they have - through the second decade - continued to improvise but also elaborate their working relationships with both their chief executives and electorates.
This book examines these adaptations in seven parliaments, comparing both among them and with parliaments of west Europe. Their changes are traced through four distinct sets in context, members, internal structure, and working relationship with the executive. This research develops a common perspective for our understanding of both new and developed legislatures by tracing the steps through which new parliaments begin, adapt and become established.
This book was published as a special issue of Journal of Legislative Studies.
About the Author
David M. Olson is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Senior Research Fellow in the Center for Legislative Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA.
Gabriella Ilonszki is Professor of Political Science at Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Introduction 1. Questions about Legislative Institutional Change and Transformation in Eastern and East Central Europe: Beyond the Initial Decade Gabriella Ilonszki and David M. Olson Part 2: The Parliaments 2. Central European Parliaments over Two Decades – Diminishing Stability? Parliaments in Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovenia Zdenka Mansfeldová 3. Second Decade, Second Chance? Parliament, Politics and Democratic Aspirations in Russia, Ukraine and Moldova William E. Crowther Part 3: Post-Communist Parliaments Compared 4. Negative Agenda Control and Executive–Legislative Relations in East Central Europe, 1997–2008 Radoslaw Zubek 5. Internal Organisation of Post-Communist Parliaments over Two Decades: Leadership, Parties, and Committees Irina S. Khmelko 6. Interest Representation and Post-Communist Parliaments over Two Decades Danica Fink-Hafner Part 5: Conclusion 7. Two Decades of Divergent Post-Communist Parliamentary Development David M. Olson and Gabriella Ilonszki