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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Dissolution of the Legislative Body

Giacomo Delledonne

Subject(s):
Removal of officials — Legislative independence — Legislative power — Legislative rules and restrictions — Parliamentary systems — Legislative accountability — Structure of the legislature

Published under the direction of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law.
General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1. Constitutional and statutory provisions regulating the dissolution of the legislative body are a key element of parliamentarian regimes, in which the Government—ie the Prime Minister and the other ministers—are required to enjoy the confidence of the legislature ( Bradley and Pinelli 651 ). The possibility to dissolve the legislative body before the expiration of its term is a major component of parliamentarism, alongside with the power of the legislative body itself to force the government to resign after approving a motion of no confidence ( no confidence...
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