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Democracy's Privileged Few
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Democracy's Privileged Few: Legislative Privilege and Democratic Norms in the British and American Constitutions

Josh Chafetz


This book compares the freedoms and protections of members of the United States Congress with those of Britain's Parliament. Placing legislative privilege in historical context, the book explores how and why legislators in Britain and America have been granted special privileges in five areas: jurisdictional conflicts between the courts and the legislative houses, freedom of speech, freedom from civil arrest, contested elections, and the disciplinary powers of the houses. Legislative privilege is a crucial component of the relationship between a representative body and the other participants i ... More

Keywords: constitutionalism, legislative privilege, jurisdictional conflicts, legislative houses, freedom of speech, contested elections, civil arrest, parliamentary government, separation of powers, representation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780300113259
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300113259.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Josh Chafetz, author