The Innovation and Evolution of Parliamentary Inquiries

  • Matthias Keppel
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Controlling the government is an essential tool in Western democracies, but this tool is not a natural course of action. It develops over many decades in different ways and helps to guarantee the function of a political system. By comparing the controlling tools of the United Kingdom (UK), the United States (US), and the Republic of Austria, this analysis wants to show these different ways and further the evolution and innovation of parliamentary control based on parliamentary investigations.

In Western democracies, parliamentary inquiries are an essential tool for the opposition to control the government. In the form of committees, it is possible to independently clarify air grievances and make recommendations on matters that fall within the responsibility of the government in order to redress these grievances. Furthermore, they are – as later will be examined in greater...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.L4.4 People’s ServicesAustrian ParliamentViennaAustria

Section editors and affiliations

  • David F. J. Campbell
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  1. 1.Faculty for Interdisciplinary StudiesAlpen-Adria-University KlagenfurtViennaAustria