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By Kaare Strøm, Wolfgang C. Müller, Torbjörn Bergman

This is often the main formidable and complete account of the associations of democratic delegation in West eu parliamentary democracies to this point. It offers an exceptional cross-national research of West ecu political associations from 1945 till the current day, in addition to situating glossy parliamentary democracy within the context of fixing political events and the becoming significance of the eu Union.

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Linz argues that the ‘temporal rigidity’ of presidentialism potentially undermines democratic stability. Under presidential government, citizens are stuck with their agents (the President and the legislature) until their respective terms expire. Under the worst-case scenario, the ‘Linzian nightmare’ (Ackerman 2000: 645), the constitutional design of presidentialism results in divided government, deadlock, crises of governability, and 16 Wolfgang C. Müller et al. eventually the breakdown of democracy.

We focus on those political institutions that impinge on delegation and accountability throughout the democratic chain of delegation. As subsequent chapters will show, institutions can solve or at least ameliorate agency problems in several ways. The co-editors and contributors to Delegation and Accountability in Parliamentary Democracy have had two main objectives. The first aim is to identify the problems of delegation that parliamentary democracy implies and to identify and assess the institutional solutions that might be brought to bear on them.

First, the accountability to parliament would force cabinets to think first and foremost about the short-term popularity of their policy proposals. A cabinet, he argued, is disposed ‘to think too much of what support it can win by proposals framed to catch the fancy of the moment, and to think too little of what the real needs of the nation are’ (1921: ii. 467). Moreover, Bryce suggested that parliamentary government would encourage hasty and half-baked decisions: ‘Lastly, the very concentration of power and swiftness with which decisions can be reached and carried into effect is a source of danger.

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