The history of Parliament, as we have seen, has largely been shaped by its relationship to the executive. Yet there is another relationship that is important, that of Parliament to the people. Each relationship has had an impact on the other, though the distinction between the two is especially important in the context of Parliament’s longevity. Parliament is the national representative assembly. However, the nature of its relationship to the people, like its relationship to the executive, has changed substantially over time.
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