Since the strict parliamentary party whip system in Dáil Éireann seems to make a mockery of the separation of powers in the State, by letting the executive lead the legislature around by the nose, I was just wondering if anybody has any decent knowledge and experience of other political systems with less rigid party whip systems. For example, I've heard anecdotally that Germany has a looser system in certain instances, and that the UK HoC is a little more flexible that it used to be. If so, can you see any of those systems being implemented over here, and then actually working as something better than a fig leaf for the current state of affairs.
Mods feel free to merge this with another thread, I just thought it would be nice to read constructively about people's insight into alternative whip systems, without having to wade through loads of been-there-done-that posts ripping our current system to shreds.
Anyway, I'm looking forward to any posts!