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Democracy's Privileged FewLegislative Privilege and Democratic Norms in the British and American Constitutions$
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Josh Chafetz

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780300113259

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300113259.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Democracy's Privileged Few
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Josh Chafetz

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300113259.003.0001

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to shed light on the British and American constitutions. The focus is on legislative privilege—those special rights that individual Members or Houses of the legislature possess in order to facilitate their legislative duties. The chapter then discusses the two basic paradigms of the role of parliamentary privilege in the British Constitution: the Blackstonian and the Millian paradigms; the American conception of the function of privilege; and the methodologies used in the present study. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   British Constitution, legislative privilege, special rights, parliamentary privilege, Blackstonian paradigm, Millian paradigm

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