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The Autonomy of the Regional Legislatures: Organizational Support. Comparative Analysis
Politics and Governance
This paper is devoted to the research of organizational support of the legislatures in St. Petersburg. The study examines the impact of resourcing factor on the level of autonomy of the legislative branch. Also the comparative analysis of the legislative branch in St. Petersburg and Moscow conducted. The theoretical part of the research is based on studies of Mancur Olson, Anton Shirikov, as well as the works of Douglas North and Barry Weingast, as a theoretical framework we use the theory of collective action. The empirical part of the research contains a study of the real busyness of deputies in Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg and in Moscow City Duma. The study was conducted by interviewing representatives of legislative power: the deputies and their assistants. As a result, we obtained information about the actual workload of the most active MPs. The conclusions of the study respond the research question of this study and confirm the hypothesis about the dependence of the autonomy of the legislature on its level of resourcing.