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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Parliamentary Committees

Helle Krunke

Committees — Legislative independence — Legislative procedure — Parliamentary systems

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. In order to apply a global comparative perspective on ‘parliamentary committees’, a broad definition of the term is needed. From the outset, inspiration can be found in KC Wheare’s classic definition of a committee: The essence of a committee is, surely, that it is a body to which some task has been referred or committed by some other person or body. But that is not all. The notion of a committee carries with it the idea of a body being in some manner or degree responsible or subordinate or answerable in the last resort to the body or person who set it up or...
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