By PROF. ARTER
This e-book is exclusive in analysing the recent Scottish Parliament from a systematically comparative point of view. Its simple premise is that due to the fact devolution in 1999 Scotland might be thought of a Scandinavian-style democracy with a number of good points of a Scandinavian-style parliament. the fundamental learn query, for this reason, is: 'Has the Scottish Parliament in its first four-year time period manifested a Scandinavian-style politics within the experience that there was a excessive occurrence of inter-party negotiation inside of Parliament?'The architects of the Scottish Parliament observed the committees because the motor of a 'new politics' and gave them vast powers. outdoors Austria, merely the Swedish and Icelandic committees have related powers. consequently, the learn units out to explain and examine the workings of the committees within the Scottish, Swedish and Icelandic Parliaments. The concluding bankruptcy additionally discusses the operation of the Danish, Finnish and Norwegian committees.
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Procedures Committee, Official Report, 15, 19 Nov. 2002, cols. 1791–2. 30 CHAPTER 2 An Analytical Framework for the Comparative Study of Parliamentary Committee Systems The previous chapter closed by making the not unreasonable presumption that in a power-sharing democracy committees will function as relatively independent actors in the legislative process, their position consolidated and legitimised by the performance of a ‘bridge role’ between society and state. The inference was that, where necessary, they would serve as a collective brake on the Executive rather than simply being arenas for conflict between the political parties.
It deals inter alia with the financial memoranda attached to all bills, co-ordinates the deliberation of the budget process and has a clearly defined substantive sphere of competence. In addition, an ad hoc Private Bills Committee—a bill committee in Westminster parlance—was created in spring 2001 (committee substitutes are not allowed on this). As to the composition of committees, this reflects the party balance in the assembly as a whole, as does the distribution of chairs or convenorships. Unlike Westminster standing committees, therefore, not all the convenors of committees represent the governing parties.
31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. the Scottish Executive does not in statute cover the civil service, which is a separate part of the ‘Scottish Administration’. ’ A former Scottish cabinet minister, Sam Galbraith, who before retiring from politics was both an MP and MSP, has also publicly favoured a reduction in the number of MSPs. Interview with Sam Galbraith, Platform ITV, 15 Feb. 2002. Interview with Susan Deacon MSP, 29 Jan. 2003. Peter Lynch, ‘We stand for Scotland. ’, Sunday Herald, 22 Sept.
The Scottish Parliament: A Scandinavia-style Assembly? (Library of Legislative Studies,) by PROF. ARTER