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Delegation and Accountability in Parliamentary Democracies$
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Kaare Strøm, Wolfgang C. Müller, and Torbjörn Bergman

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198297840

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/019829784X.001.0001

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Luxembourg: A Case of More ‘Direct’ Delegation and Accountabilit y

Luxembourg: A Case of More ‘Direct’ Delegation and Accountabilit y

(p.474) 15 Luxembourg: A Case of More ‘Direct’ Delegation and Accountability
Delegation and Accountability in Parliamentary Democracies

Patrick Dumont

Lieven De Winter

Oxford University Press

Featuring an indirect chain of delegation and a reasonable correspondence to the singularity principle, the Grand Dutchy of Luxembourg presents a number of characteristics that approximate the ideal type of parliamentary democracy. The country is a unitary parliamentary monarchy with a unicameral Parliament, and it has never used a referendum in the post-war period. Yet, a number of domestic institutions and policy-making procedures deviate from this ideal-typical picture, including collective decision-making within the cabinet and executive-legislative relations. Another constraint has been the country’s involvement in international organizations and arrangements that continuously reduce its sovereignty and thus the significance of the national chain of delegation and accountability.

Keywords:   cabinet stability, constitutional court, interpellations, neo-corporatist professional chambers, panachage voting, parliamentary committee of investigation, unicameral parliament, unitary state

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