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Single Idea 20939

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / C. Ruling a State / 3. Government / a. Government]

Full Idea

The question has to be asked: do parliaments, even in fact constitute a part of the State structure? In other words, what is the real function?

Gist of Idea

What is the function of a parliament? Does it even constitute a part of the State structure?


Antonio Gramsci (Selections from Prison Notebooks [1971], 2 'Parliament')

Book Reference

Gramsci,Antonio: 'Selections from Prison Notebooks', ed/tr. Hoare,Q./Nowell Smith,G [Lawrence and Wishart 1978], p.253

A Reaction

Nice question. In the UK it is only the cabinet which has active power. Backbench MPs are usually very frustrated, especially if their party has a comfortable majority, and their vote is not precious. They are privileged lobbyists.