Legislative strengthening meets party support in international assistance: a closer relationship?
Burnell, Peter J.. (2009) Legislative strengthening meets party support in international assistance: a closer relationship? Journal of Legislative Studies, Vol.15 (No.4). pp. 460-480. ISSN 1357-2334
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13572330903302505
Recent reports recommend that international efforts to help strengthen legislatures in emerging democracies should work more closely with support for building stronger political parties and competitive party systems. This article locates the recommendations within international assistance more generally and reviews the arguments. It explores problems that must be addressed if the recommendations are to be implemented effectively. The article argues that an alternative, issue-based approach to strengthening legislatures and closer links with civil society could gain more traction. However, that is directed more centrally at promoting good governance for the purpose of furthering development than at democratisation goals sought by party aid and legislative strengtheners in the democracy assistance industry.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JZ International relations
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Democratization -- International cooperation, Legislative power -- Developing countries, Political parties -- Developing countries, Politics, Practical -- Developing countries|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Legislative Studies|
|Official Date:||December 2009|
|Page Range:||pp. 460-480|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
* 1. Africa All Party Parliamentary Group (AAPPG) (2008) Strengthening Parliaments in Africa: Improving Support House of Commons , London
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