Type
Article
Title
Not Only a Battleground: Parliamentary Oral Questions Concerning Defence Policies in Four Western Democracies
In
Journal of Legislative Studies
Author(s)
ROZENBERG Olivier - Centre d'études européennes et de politique comparée (Author)
CHOPIN Olivier - Centre d'Etudes Sociologiques et Politiques Raymond Aron (Author)
HOEFFLER Catherine - Centre d'études européennes et de politique comparée (Author)
IRONDELLE Bastien - Centre de recherches internationales (Author)
JOANA Jean - Université de Montpellier (Author)
Editor
GB : Frank Cass Publishers
Volume
17
Number
3
Pages
340 - 353 p.
ISSN
13572334
Abstract
EN
Oral questions are usually seen as a procedure designed for political conflict. Yet question time may serve other purposes depending on the institutional setting, the political context and the policy field. By comparing the use of oral questions on the defence issue in the national parliaments of four Western democracies, the paper identifies a specific characteristic of questioning in each lower house: political conflict in Germany, internal dissent in the United Kingdom, reward of policy expertise in Spain and local issues in France. Such diverse uses of questioning procedures impact differently on the quality of the accountability process.

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