The role of committee systems in post-communist legislatures: A case study of the Lithuanian Seimas

Terry D. Clark, Egle Verseckaite, Alvidas Lukošaitis

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European parliamentary committee systems play an important role in organising the work of legislatures so as to assure the parliamentary leadership of its agenda. At the same time, the strategic positioning of committees in the legislative process provides opportunities for chairs to potentially undo the will of the leadership. We consider the degree to which committees in the Lithuanian legislature serve the private interests of legislators or those of the parliamentary leadership. We argue that while committees most often assist the leadership in obtaining preferred legislative outcomes, chairs on occasion have been able to change proposals or even frustrate the parliamentary leadership of governing coalitions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)731-750
Number of pages20
JournalEurope - Asia Studies
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 1 2006


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics

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