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Constitutions specify the role of the legislature and its relationship with the government. Constitutions and/or budget system laws elaborate on the budgetary roles and powers of the legislature. Legal constraints and budgetary practices vary greatly across countries. Moreover, the role of the legislature is changing, with parliaments playing a more active role in budget matters, especially in developing countries.

For promoting good governance and fiscal transparency, the legislature’s active engagement in the budget process is essential.

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