Anyone who has been an observer of legislatures is likely to notice some important variations in their performance.
The British Parliament is often a rather raucous place, with members of the “loyal opposition” shouting out in objection during speeches by the prime minister or his/her various Cabinet secretaries. In comparison, our Congress is a most civil and proper place.
Beyond the noise, there is the question of productivity. Are there discernible patterns that distinguish one kind of legislature from another when it comes to getting the public’s business done?