Do communist states enjoy parliaments?

for eg:china
They are not Parliaments within the classic sense of the word. They were usually closed committees of hand picked delegation elites who agreed with what would just keep themselves in power and the regime alive. China is equal as was the USSR.
Yes, China has a parliament - it's surrounded by Tiananman Square Beijing (Pekin).……

Mao impersonator at the Chinese Parliament…

The Chinese Parliament only meets once a year -…
No Communists brook no interference with there policies
on countries with parliamentary systems own parliaments...
Yes the European Union parliament is based in Brussels Source(s):… Some, or at least possible the equivalent.

In general we have to distinguish between constitutional parliamentary states which can hold Communist governments as part of a multi-party system, and constitutional Communist states which are usually one-party one and only. The latter were very adjectives during the Cold War, while the former are more common now.

Parliaments contained by Communist states have often be seen by critics as just a "rubber stamp" that ratify whatever the leadership requirements. However there have be cases where there be varying forms of democracy, albeit within the Communist party, e.g. belated 1980s Hungary.

The great experiment was Dubcek's Czechoslovakia during the Prague Spring of 1968 which was markedly democratic and even planned to allow other parties, but the Soviet-led invasion ended that impression.

In 1970s Chile under Communist leader Salvador Allende, the parliament remained fully democratic and multi-party - it be just that the Communist party be the largest one voted in. They never made any plans to change that system, and be actually poised to gain votes at the next see. However the CIA-backed military coup of 1973 ended that and Chile became a dictatorship for 17 years.

So several states have had constitutional parliaments and democracy, beside the Communist party being voted into power. That's the shield in modern Moldova right now where on earth the Communists are the largest party in the ruling coalition. However the massive majority have been undemocratic one-party states run by a small private, with a parliament serving only as a window-dressing.

A mixed picture. Source(s): In the broadest characterization of 'Parliaments' yes they do. You can see all the countries that have a parliament (or legislature to be more generic) call on The IPU Parline Database gives details of every country's parliament (including type of election, if any, number of women member, when next election is due etc.).

I ruminate I am right in saying adjectives communist states have parliaments. In a communist state the sense of legitimacy that a parliament gives the ruling elite/executive is hugely vital. Therefore, despite the parliament not being democratic or not having any genuine influence, they still exist to give legitimacy.

Related Questions: