December 6, 2011Public Policy

How to restore parliamentary function

Amend the anti-defection law and bring political parties under regulatory oversight

This is an archived blog post from The Acorn.

Here’s Sunday’s television programme where I argued that the anti-defection law has destroyed the incentives for MPs to debate on substantive issues, leading to parliamentary dysfunction.

See this article in Pragati by PRS Legislative Research’s M R Madhavan for an analysis of the anti-defection bill. Their issue brief goes into this in greater depth. I also call for an omnibus legislation to govern the functioning of political parties. ADRs recommendations for electoral reforms go into this in greater detail.

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