In 1871 the German parliament was created and from 1919 the Reichstag became the main law making body and representative assembly. It consisted of deputies elected every four years. The Reichsrat was the less important house in parliament compared to the Reichstag. Representatives were chosen from all 17 states, however they could only initiate or delay proposals. The importance of the creation of the Reichstag was that it removed absolute power from a single individual, but spreading it out allowing the people to be a larger part of the law making process and influence in the government. However, by the implementation of Article 48 in the Weimar Constitution, the power and significance of the Reichstag was in danger of being overpowered by the emergency powers of the Chancellor granted in the Constitution(1)


(1) Layton, Geoff. Weimar and the Rise of Nazi Germany. 3rd edition. London. Hodder, 2005.