Although committees are deemed to be – in this century, as in the previous one – the ‘leg- islative backbone’ of legislatures, scholars have not devoted enough attention to how par- liamentary committees cope with the challenge of the ‘forced increased transparency’ of their legislative activity, depending on the opportunity to use old and new media as chan- nels of institutional communication with citizens. On the one hand, increased transparency could be an added value of their work. On the other hand, there is the risk that the wider disclosure of legislative committees’ activity could undermine their ability to act as ‘con- sensus-building’ arenas, and thus affect their legislative capacity. The article argues that increasing levels of transparency can impair committees’ lawmaking performance, so also undermining the lawmaking ability of their legislatures. In three very different legislatures (the US House of Representatives, the Italian Chamber of Deputies and the European Par- liament), both in institutional architecture and committees’ legislative powers, the growing transparency of their legislative activity has caused a shifting of the legislative decision-making away from committees or, even, outside the legislature.

Transparency vs. Informality in Legislative Committees. Comparing the US House of Representatives, the Italian Chamber of Deputies and the European Parliament / Fasone, Cristina; Lupo, Nicola. - In: THE JOURNAL OF LEGISLATIVE STUDIES. - ISSN 1357-2334. - (2015), pp. 1-18. [10.1080/13572334.2014.999533]

Transparency vs. Informality in Legislative Committees. Comparing the US House of Representatives, the Italian Chamber of Deputies and the European Parliament

FASONE, CRISTINA;LUPO, NICOLA
2015

Abstract

Although committees are deemed to be – in this century, as in the previous one – the ‘leg- islative backbone’ of legislatures, scholars have not devoted enough attention to how par- liamentary committees cope with the challenge of the ‘forced increased transparency’ of their legislative activity, depending on the opportunity to use old and new media as chan- nels of institutional communication with citizens. On the one hand, increased transparency could be an added value of their work. On the other hand, there is the risk that the wider disclosure of legislative committees’ activity could undermine their ability to act as ‘con- sensus-building’ arenas, and thus affect their legislative capacity. The article argues that increasing levels of transparency can impair committees’ lawmaking performance, so also undermining the lawmaking ability of their legislatures. In three very different legislatures (the US House of Representatives, the Italian Chamber of Deputies and the European Par- liament), both in institutional architecture and committees’ legislative powers, the growing transparency of their legislative activity has caused a shifting of the legislative decision-making away from committees or, even, outside the legislature.
legislative committees; transparency; accessibility; legislative process; US House of Representatives; Italian Chamber of Deputies; European Parliament.
Transparency vs. Informality in Legislative Committees. Comparing the US House of Representatives, the Italian Chamber of Deputies and the European Parliament / Fasone, Cristina; Lupo, Nicola. - In: THE JOURNAL OF LEGISLATIVE STUDIES. - ISSN 1357-2334. - (2015), pp. 1-18. [10.1080/13572334.2014.999533]
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