n Conflict Trends - United Nations Development Programme - : fact file

Volume 2007, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Democratically elected representative bodies constitute the legitimate representatives of the people, independent of the executive branch and imbued with the responsibility of overseeing government action. In theory, parliaments are well situated to manage social crises, prevent violent conflict and bring about lasting peace. Parliamentary debate, agreements between political parties, interactions between parliament and constituents, informal exchanges among parliamentarians, and compromises on resource allocations, all contribute to keeping the peace.

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