Parliamentary assessments can serve a larger purpose by measuring the progress of a legislative institution in terms of its own internal reform and modernization process, as well as measuring the overall democratic development of the legislative institution.
The political nature of legislatures, the particular types of functions for which they are responsible, and the constant evolution in membership and political composition of legislatures lead to significant challenges in establishing indicators.
Much of the literature and practice in parliament assessments stresses that parliamentary development needs to be placed within a broader historical and social context of democratic development, and be assessed in terms both of the local realities of democratic development and of the need to remain focused on overall democratization.
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