Dissolution of Parliament

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Published: 
30 May 2016
Language: 
English
Pages: 
24
Author(s): 
Elliot W. Bulmer

The power of dissolution is the power to end the term of office of a parliament (or other legislative body) so as to cause new elections to take place.

Parliaments are compulsorily dissolved at the end of their term of office. In many countries, a premature dissolution, before the scheduled end of Parliament’s term, is also possible in certain situations.

International IDEA’s Constitution-Building Primers are designed to assist in-country constitution-building or constitutional-reform processes by helping citizens, political parties, civil society organisations, public officials, and members of constituent assemblies make wise constitutional choices.

They also provide guidance for staff of intergovernmental organizations and other external actors working to provide well-informed, context-relevant support to local decision-makers. 

Contents

Overview

Content and scope

What is the issue?

Basic design options

Additional design options

Contextual considerations

Decision-making questions

Examples

References and further reading

Media