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Author Chafetz, Joshua A. (Joshua Aaron), 1979-
Title Democracy's privileged few : legislative privilege and democratic norms in the British and American constitutions / Josh Chafetz.
Imprint New Haven : Yale University Press, 2007.

Author Chafetz, Joshua A. (Joshua Aaron), 1979-
Subject United States. Congress -- Privileges and immunities.
Great Britain. Parliament -- Privileges and immunities.
Constitutional law -- United States.
Constitutional law -- Great Britain.
Description 1 online resource (x, 307 pages)
polychrome. rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-294) and index.
Contents Lex parliamenti vs. lex terrae -- Political questions and nonjusticiability -- Free speech in Parliament -- Free speech in Congress -- Freedom from civil arrest and legal process for members of Parliament -- Freedom from civil arrest for members of Congress -- Disputed parliamentary elections -- Disputed congressional elections -- Breach of privilege and contempt of Parliament -- Punishment by Congress.
Summary This book is the first to compare the freedoms and protections of members of the United States Congress with those of Britain's Parliament. Placing legislative privilege in historical context, Josh Chafetz 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 in government, including the people. In recounting and analysing the remarkable story of how parliamentary government emerged and evolved in Britain and how it crossed the Atlantic, Chafetz illuminates a variety of important constitutional issues, including the separation of powers, the nature of representation, and the difference between written and unwritten constitutionalism. This book will inspire in readers a much greater appreciation for the rise and triumph of democracy.
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Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
Print version record.
ISBN 9780300134896 (electronic bk.)
0300134894 (electronic bk.)
0300113250 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780300113259 (cloth ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 191733879
Additional Format Print version: Chafetz, Joshua A. (Joshua Aaron), 1979- Democracy's privileged few. New Haven : Yale University Press, 2007 0300113250 9780300113259 (DLC) 2006014036 (OCoLC)67945300

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