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Abstract

Legislators play a major role in the development of their countries. They suggest new bills and oversee the performance of the government. Legislators represent different parties, affiliations, and divisions.

Many studies have discussed the information seeking behavior of members of parliament. Information seeking behavior is a complex activity, requiring access to diverse information resources to deal with work, personal, and social information problems. In the case of legislators, such studies have discussed how members of parliament seek information that will eventually affect their decision-making process.

The aim of this review is to discuss the information needs and information seeking behavior of legislators from different government parliaments. This research will provide insight into how legislators seek information that will eventually affect their decision-making processes. It will also examine the theories and models used in previous studies. Furthermore, the review will discuss the information centers/parliament libraries that are involved in the process of gathering information. Finally, it discusses the impact of information technology including social media on the decision making process by legislators.

This review frames ongoing research on the information seeking behavior of members of the Kuwait National Assembly.

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