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Parliament and Parliamentarism

A Comparative History of a European Concept

Edited by Pasi Ihalainen, Cornelia Ilie, and Kari Palonen

340 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78238-954-5 $145.00/£107.00 / Hb / Published (January 2016)

ISBN  978-1-78533-756-7 $34.95/£27.95 / Pb / Published (November 2017)

eISBN 978-1-78238-955-2 eBook

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“The focus on representation, sovereignty, responsibility and deliberation offers a lot: the book convincingly demonstrates how these concepts from as early as seventeenth-century Britain recur time and time again in political controversies over what parliament is or should be. Thanks to this specific approach, the quality of the case studies and the coherence between them are significant.” · Parliament, Estates and Representation

“… maintaining a high level of clarity, this title provides insight not only into political history, but also the attitudes of those who contribute to it.” · Res Rhetorica

“[The editors] definitely succeeded in anchoring parliament and parliamentarism in Conceptual History, as well as fulfilling the claim to present surveys. Without exception, the volume offers excellent contributions that combine masterly overviews, well-chosen empirical findings and case studies with inspiring theoretical deliberations.” · Zeitschrift für Parlamentsfragen

“The great challenge for a book of this kind is to maintain cohesion among a multiplicity of authors and perspectives, and in this it has been entirely successful. Its overall framework of four principles that distinguish parliamentarism is clear and convincing, and its openness to different methodological approaches enables contributors to transcend traditional disciplinary limits.” · Olivier Rozenberg, Sciences Po

“This collection offers an impressive historical and geographical sweep, covering a range of conceptual issues. The individual chapters provide both breadth and depth, and they are well situated within wider theoretical concerns.” · Alan Finlayson, University of East Anglia


Parliamentary theory, practices, discourses, and institutions constitute a distinctively European contribution to modern politics. Taking a broad historical perspective, this cross-disciplinary, innovative, and rigorous collection locates the essence of parliamentarism in four key aspects—deliberation, representation, responsibility, and sovereignty—and explores the different ways in which they have been contested, reshaped, and implemented in a series of representative national and regional case studies. As one of the first comparative studies in conceptual history, this volume focuses on debates about the nature of parliament and parliamentarism within and across different European countries, representative institutions, and genres of political discourse.

Pasi Ihalainen is Professor of Comparative European History at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. His many publications include his most recent book The Springs of Democracy: National and Transnational Debates on Constitutional Reform in the British, German, Swedish and Finnish Parliaments, 1917–1919 (2017). He is a board member of the research network

Cornelia Ilie is Professor of Linguistics and Rhetoric, Malmö University, Sweden. She has published extensively on political media and academic discourses, rhetoric and argumentation, including The International Encyclopedia of Language and Social Interaction (2015) and Argumentation across Communities of Practice: Multi-disciplinary Perspectives (co-edited with Giuliana Garzone, 2017). She is the president of ESTIDIA (European Society for Transcultural and Interdisciplinary Dialogue).

Kari Palonen is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, and the editor-in-chief of the journal Redescriptions (Manchester University Press). Recent monographs include From Oratory to Debate: Parliamentarisation of Deliberative Rhetoric in Westminster (2016) and A Political Style of Thinking: Essays on Max Weber (2017).

Subject: History (General)
Area: Europe


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