NATIONAL OPEN UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA
14/16, AHMADU BELLO WAY, VICTORIA ISLAND, LAGOS
SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT SCIENCES
MARCH/APRIL 2014 EXAMINATIONS
COURSE CODE: PSM 804 CREDIT UNIT: 2
COURSE TITLE: OPERATIONS OF THE LEGISLATURE
TIME ALLOWED: 2 HOURS
Instructions: 1. Attempt Question 1 and any other two (2) Questions.
2. Question 1 is compulsory and carries 30 marks
while the other 2 Questions carry 20 marks each.
3. Present all your points in coherent and orderly manner.
QUESTION 1 (Compulsory)
What are the functions and importance of the legislature? Compare and contrast the legislature composition and membership criteria in Britain, USA and Nigeria.
What factors influence the status, powers and the functions performed by the legislatures in their various constituencies? Do you think that one or more of these is/are responsible for the dividends of democracy in Nigeria?
What are the elements that influence the development of a parliament? Does the Parliamentary system adequately perform its role of checks and balances, oversight and other functions in Nigeria? Give reasons for your answer.
Explain in detail how the legislature curtails the excesses of the executive. What are the limitations of the powers of the legislatures?
Using suitable examples, discuss the process a bill undergoes from its introduction to passage into law. What are the other influences on the legislature process?
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