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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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(p.236) Conclusion
Democracy's Privileged Few

Josh Chafetz

Yale University Press

This chapter presents some concluding thoughts from the author. It argues that when legislative privilege is functioning properly, it serves to strengthen democracy in the British and American constitutions. It discusses the evolution of the British Constitution and the corresponding shift in the role of parliamentary privilege within the Constitution. It suggests that privilege under the American Constitution is best interpreted as facilitating the people's access to and communication with their elected representatives. But it is also important to keep in mind that popular sovereignty deals first and foremost with the people in their collective capacity.

Keywords:   legislative privilege, British Parliament, American Congress, democracy, popular sovereignty

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