Parliamentary Thinking

Procedure, Rhetoric and Time

  • Kari Palonen

Part of the Rhetoric, Politics and Society book series (RPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 243-270

About this book


The parliamentary style of politics has been formed over centuries; nobody theorised it in advance. This book presents a thought experiment to spell out key principles of the parliamentary ideal type of politics. Max Weber offers the main intellectual inspiration, Westminster parliament provides the main historical reference and the author’s studies on parliamentary procedure and rhetoric provide the background for the book. Parliamentary acting and thinking offer us the best example of politics as a contingent and controversial activity. Using a parliamentary imagination, the author constructs the ideal type in five main chapters: dissensual modes of proceeding; rhetoric of parliamentary debate; parliamentary formation and control of government; parliamentarians as politicians; and parliamentary time as their common subtext. In the last two chapters, the book outlines the possibilities of extending parliamentary judgment to politics beyond parliaments proper and the chances for parliamentary politics succeeding today.


parliamentary politics parliamentary procedure parliamentary rhetoric Max Weber's political theory parliamentary acting forms of politics rhetoric of parliamentary debate parliamentary formation control of goverment parliamentarians role of politicians rhetoric of parliamentary representation parliamentary government parliamentary language parliamentary freedom parliamentary time parliamentary control political theory anti-proceduralism Westminster parliament

Authors and affiliations

  • Kari Palonen
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  1. 1.University of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland

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