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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Prorogation of the Legislative Body

James Fowkes

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 22 January 2021

Subject(s):
Executive power — Parliamentary systems — Monarchy

General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.
Managing Editor: Ana Harvey

1 Prorogation refers to a decision to suspend parliament’s activities. It originates in the United Kingdom ('UK'), and constitutions that use the term today are, with one exception, to be found in jurisdictions with a strong Commonwealth influence. In some systems, it is a ceremonial relic; in others, it has live political significance, or potentially does. 2 Although the term most commonly denotes a power held by the executive, as distinct from a legislature’s power to adjourn its own proceedings, it has also been used as a synonym for adjournment. The 1848...
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