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Parliament and Parliamentarism: A Comparative History of a European Concept

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Parliament and Parliamentarism

A Comparative History of a European Concept

Edited by Pasi Ihalainen, Cornelia Ilie, and Kari Palonen

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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: General History
Area: Europe


List of Abbreviations

Introduction: Parliament as a Conceptual Nexus
Pasi Ihalainen, Cornelia Ilie and Kari Palonen


Chapter 1. European Parliamentary Experiences from a Conceptual Historical Perspective
Pasi Ihalainen

Chapter 2. Key Concepts for Parliament in Britain (1640–1800)
Paul Seaward and Pasi Ihalainen

Chapter 3. Discussing the First Age of French Parliamentarism (1789–1914)
Jean Garrigues and Eric Anceau

Chapter 4. From Monarchical Constitutionalism to a Parliamentary Republic: Concepts of Parliamentarism in Germany since 1818
Andreas Biefang and Andreas Schulz

Chapter 5. Passion and Reason: Modern Parliaments in the Low Countries
Marnix Beyen and Henk te Velde

Chapter 6. The Formation of Parliamentarism in the Nordic Countries from the Napoleonic Wars to the First World War
Uffe Jakobsen and Jussi Kurunmäki

Chapter 7. The Conceptual History of the Russian State Duma
Irène Herrmann


Chapter 8. Parliamentary Discourse and Deliberative Rhetoric
Cornelia Ilie

Chapter 9. Rhetoric, Parliament and the Monarchy in Pre-revolutionary England
Markku Peltonen

Chapter 10. French Parliamentary Discourse, 1789–1914
Thomas Bouchet

Chapter 11. German Parliamentary Discourse since 1848 from a Linguistic Point of View
Armin Burkhardt

Chapter 12. Central and Eastern European Parliamentary Rhetoric since the Nineteenth Century: the Case of Romania and Poland
Cornelia Ilie and Cezar Ornatowski


Chapter 13. Political Theories of Parliamentarism
Kari Palonen

Chapter 14. Thinking of Politics in a Parliamentary Manner: Perspectives on the Conceptual History of Parliamentarism
Kari Palonen

Chapter 15. Theories of Representative Government and Parliamentarism in Italy from the 1840s to the 1920s
David Ragazzoni and Nadia Urbinati

Chapter 16. Parliamentarism and Democracy in German Political Theory since 1848
Dirk Jörke and Marcus Llanque

Chapter 17. Parliamentarism in Spanish Politics in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: from Constitutional Liberalism to Democratic Parliamentarism
José María Rosales

Chapter 18. Towards a Political Theory of EU Parliamentarism
Teija Tiilikainen and Claudia Wiesner

Epilogue: Some Challenges to Parliamentarism
Kari Palonen


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