Questions tagged [parliament]

Questions related to that of a legislative, elected body of Government known as Parliament. Use this with a country tag if asking about a specific country's Parliament

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Is it an unfair advantage that the current Prime Minister decides when the election will be held? [closed]

This applies at least in Canada and England. Wondering what provision if any offsets this apparent advantage/disadvantage.
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Taking over cellphone when texting while driving [closed]

The following appeared on the national news site of the Netherlands this morning: Minister Schultz zint op maatregelen om te voorkomen dat een automobilist onder het rijden kan appen of sms'en. De ...
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What is the ethnic composition of the two houses of the Dutch parliament?

The Dutch Parliament has two houses, the "first" (higher) and "second" (lower). How many of the members of each house are ethnically Dutch (for whatever reasonable definition of ...
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Why not just put FPTP in one house and PR in the other? [closed]

Is it possible to get benefits of the two approaches (majoritarian and proportional) in a parliamentary system by making the lower house get elected by First-Past-The-Post and the upper one by party-...
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Why was the Union Budget presented in the Lok Sabha (lower house) instead of the Rajya Sabha (upper house)?

Why was the Union Budget presented in the Lok Sabha (lower house) instead of the Rajya Sabha (upper house)? Recently The Union Budget of India for 2021–2022 was presented by the Finance Minister, ...
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About role of a minister in Parliament who is not a member of either house of Parliament. [closed]

When the house is in session what types of authorities are given to a Minister who is not a member of either house of Parliament? Is he eligible to vote on any issue which is put to vote of the house?
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'First' and 'second' houses of parliament

In a bicameral legislature, is the first house the lower house and the second house the upper house?
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Is there a country with a bipartisan Parliament formed in a proportional election?

An idea of a bipartisan Parliament formed in a proportional election seems quite interesting to me. On one hand, in a proportional system, we vote for a party, knowing which ideas it would go forward ...
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What powers does an individual MP in the UK Parliament have?

If I stand as an independent in my local constituency and I am elected in a landslide what powers do I get as an MP? What could I change about the country? Assume that I don't form or join a party. ...
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What are the downsides of requiring demographic quotas in parliament?

What are the downsides of requiring demographic quotas in parliament? (For example, if women are 50% of the population, you create a system where 50% of parliament positions are female.)
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Why is, in some countries, some political stance underrepresented in parliament?

The question Why are "third parties" viable in many democracies but not the USA? ask why third parties don't win seats in US. The answer is simple. US got winner takes all attitude election ...
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Does New Zealand's parliament have rules for expelling members?

It's been reported that a New Zealand parliament member used the phrase "OK, boomer" in the direction of another parliament member on November 6th, 2019. Some people described this as an "ageist slur"....

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