Legislatures are ubiquitous. Almost nine out of every ten countries have one. At a time of rapid institutional and political change, they have become even more significant. There are radical changes taking place in Central and Eastern Europe, in the Member States of the European Union, and in other continents as parliaments are transformed and take on a new significance. The Journal of Legislative Studies is a major international refereed journal, covering all aspects of legislative research and development, and aimed at scholars and researchers of legislative studies. It is global in scope, interdisciplinary in range, and eclectic in approach. Articles encompass legislative theory and country-specific empirical research. Scholarly articles are complemented by articles penned by leading public figures.