The Ideal of Parliament in Europe since 1800

  • Remieg Aerts
  • Carla van Baalen
  • Henk te Velde
  • Margit van der Steen
  • Marie-Luise Recker

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Political History book series (PSPH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Remieg Aerts, Joop Th. J. van den Berg
    Pages 1-22
  3. Establishing Parliaments

  4. Crises of Expectations

  5. Resilience of Parliamentary Ideals

  6. Henk te Velde
    Pages 255-258
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 259-279

About this book


This edited collection explores the perceptions and memories of parliamentarianism across Europe, examining the complex ideal of parliament since 1800. Parliament has become the key institution in modern democracy, and the chapters present the evolution of the ideal of parliamentary representation and government, and discuss the reception and value of parliament as an institution. It is considered both as a guiding concept, a Leitidee, as well as an ideal, an Idealtypus. The volume is split into three sections. The establishment of parliament in the nineteenth century and the transfer of parliamentary ideals, models and practices are described in the first section, based on the British and French models. The second part explores how the high expectations of parliamentary democracy in newly-established states after the First World War gradually started to subside into dissatisfaction. Finally, the last section attests to its resilience after the Second World War, demonstrating the strength of the ideal of parliament and its power to incorporate criticism. Examining the history of parliament through concepts and ideals, this book traces a transnational, European exchange of models, routines and discourse.  


Parliamentarianism Western Europe Central Europe Eastern Europe Southern Europe Transfer of knowledge Transnational networks Government Political opposition World War I World War II 1989 Democracy

Editors and affiliations

  • Remieg Aerts
    • 1
  • Carla van Baalen
    • 2
  • Henk te Velde
    • 3
  • Margit van der Steen
    • 4
  • Marie-Luise Recker
    • 5
  1. 1.Faculty of HumanitiesUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Center for Parliamentary HistoryRadboud UniversityNijmegenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Institute for HistoryLeiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Netherlands Research School Political HistoryHuygens Institute for the History of the NetherlandsAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  5. 5.Goethe UniversityFrankfurt am MainGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-27704-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-27705-5
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