LEGISLATIVE-EXECUTIVE RELATIONS. Rick Stapenhurst World Bank Institute . OVERVIEW OF PRESENTATION. Core Functions of Legislatures Types of Legislative Systems – and Ways in Which Legislatures Hold the Executive to Account The Budget Cycle + The Legislature (Ex-Ante)
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World Bank Institute
“The development, deliberation and passage of a budget with both legislative and executive participation represents one of the vital checks and balances of democracy”
PUBLIC FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY
Average size = 11 MPs Explained
Size reflects party in legislature.
2/3 of Chairs from an opposition party; and 1/3 from the governing party
Prime focus on Public Accounts & reports of AG.
PAC reports generally available to the public.
Generally, PAC hearings are open to the public and media.Current Situation in the Commonwealth: Common Features:
A broad scope Explained
Power to select issues w/o gov’t direction
Power to report, suggest improvements, and follow-up
Strong support from AG, MPs and research staff that creates a unity of purpose about PAC work.
* Based on recent World Bank surveyCurrent Situation in the Commonwealth: Success Factors*