I don't think of the Landsraad as a functioning government body. More a para-government organization, like the U.N. or a parliamentary council. Even under Shaddam IV, the interplanetary government was monarchy. All of the middle managers just got together to give their collected gripes to the CEO. Not to say that the Landsraad is a powerless organization, just divided small powers using collective bargaining.
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