Filibuster (Ro.: filibuster, obstrucţie parlamentară/a procedurilor parlamentare, prelungirea perioadei de dezbatere parlamentară, Gr.: παρέλκυση δίκης, Cz.: mařit jednání) (See also: Parliamentary procedure, Talking out a bill)

= the practice of using any form of obstructionist tactics, mostly prolonged speechmaking, with the aim of delaying or entirely preventing a vote on a given legislative proposal. In its common sense, the term was originally imported to English language from Spanish (filibustero= pirate, robber) to designate American military adventurers.


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Organisations and associations / - United States Senate

Publications – Wawro, G. J., Schickler, E., 2006, Filibuster: Obstruction and Lawmaking in the U.S. Senate, New Jersey,Princeton University Press. – Koger, G., 2010, Filibustering: A Political History of Obstruction in the House and Senate, Chicago,The University of Chicago Press. – Arenberg, R. A., Dove, R. B., 2012, Defending the Filibuster: The Soul of the Senate, Indiana, Indiana University Press.


By Andrada Rusan