Democracy, Accountability, and Parliaments

10 Pages Posted: 10 Sep 2014 Last revised: 11 Sep 2014

Date Written: January 8, 2014


The purpose of this paper is twofold. First of all, it aims to show that effective oversight is a key determinant of government accountability which, in its turn, is a key determinant of the quality of a democratic regime and, ultimately, of a regime’s ability to survive. The second, and related, purpose is to show which factors are responsible for the effectiveness with which legislators and legislatures perform their oversight function.

Keywords: parliaments, legislative oversight, democracy

Suggested Citation

Pelizzo, Riccardo, Democracy, Accountability, and Parliaments (January 8, 2014). Available at SSRN: or

Riccardo Pelizzo (Contact Author)

Nazarbayev University ( email )

53 Kabanbay Batyra Avenue
Astana, 010000

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