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The Control of the Majority by the Opposition : The Philosopher’stone of the New Distribution of Powers ?

The classic principle of the separation of powers, which distinguishes between the Executive branch and Parliament, currently seems to be questioned by a more operational principle renewed by the 2008 constitutional reform : the control of the majority by the opposition. To the cost of a notable change in our political tradition, the 23 July 2008 constitutional law has introduced a legal and symbolic recognition of the opposition in Parliament. However essential this concept may be for the revitalization of our institutional life, it does not satisfy all the requirements of the distribution of powers in a democratic regime. Parliament should remain a positive actor of the institutional game, and not just act as a countervailing power.

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Référence électonique : Éric THIERS, "The Control of the Majority by the Opposition : The Philosopher’stone of the New Distribution of Powers ?", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°143, 143 - La séparation des pouvoirs, p.61-72 . Consulté le 2020-02-27 21:18:20 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/The-Control-of-the-Majority-by-the.html