Cabinet Ministers and Parliamentary Government

Author: Michael Laver,Kenneth A. Shepsle

Publisher: CUP Archive

ISBN: 9780521438377

Category: Political Science

Page: 318

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One of the key constitutional features of a parliamentary democracy is that the political executive, or cabinet, derives its mandate from - and is politically responsible to - the legislature. What makes a parliamentary democracy democratic is that, once a legislative election has been held, the new legislature has the power to dismiss the incumbent executive and replace it with a new one. Moreover, it sits essentially as a court, passing continual judgement on the record of the executive, and continuous sentence on its future prospects. That is how citizens, indirectly, choose and control their government. But the relationship between legislature and executive is not one-sided. The executive typically has the authority to recommend dissolution of parliament and is usually drawn from the parliament. Executive personnel, therefore, have intimate familiarity with parliamentary practices; and for their part, parliamentary personnel aspire to executive appointments. Surprisingly little is known about the constitutional relationship between legislature and executive in parliamentary regimes; the present volume seeks to remedy this.

Ministers and Parliament

Accountability in Theory and Practice

Author: Diana Woodhouse

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198278924

Category: Social Science

Page: 321

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* Including case-studies of the resignations (actual and threatened) of Lord Carrington, Leon Brittan, David Mellor, James Prior, and Kenneth BakerDiana Woodhouse examines the differences between the theory and practice of individual ministerial responsibility

Breaking the Bargain

Public Servants, Ministers, and Parliament

Author: Donald J. Savoie

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9780802085917

Category: Political Science

Page: 337

View: 454

In Breaking the Bargain, Donald J. Savoie reveals how the traditional deal struck between politicians and career officials that underpins the workings of our national political and administrative process is today being challenged.

Prime Minister and Cabinet Today

Author: Graham P. Thomas

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719039515

Category: Political Science

Page: 230

View: 1288

The place of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in the British political system is of great importance. This text provides an account for 'A' Level and undergraduate students and their teachers. It begins by examining the development of the Cabinet system and the evolution of the Premiership from the monarch's chief adviser to head of the executive. The Prime Ministerial versus Cabinet government controversy is then examined, along with the process of gaining and losing the Premiership. Further chapters look at the role and structure of the Cabinet, the PM's functions, his or her role as a chief policy maker, relations with the party, Parliament and the public and the impact of the media.

Parliaments of the World

A Reference Compendium

Author: Valentine Herman

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3111691055

Category: Reference

Page: 997

View: 9743


Law Making and the Scottish Parliament

Author: Elaine E Sutherland

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748687661

Category: Law

Page: 432

View: 1119

A study of legislative developments in areas of law and policy devolved to the Scottish Parliament.

Analyzing Politics

Author: Ellen Grigsby

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 0495501123

Category: Political Science

Page: 384

View: 6708

A brief, accessible, but fairly sophisticated overview of political science that encourages critical, independent thinking, ANALYZING POLITICS, Fourth Edition, presents a clear outline of the discipline of political science. This text is notable for its early coverage of methods and theory and the use of a case study approach--introduced and used to acquire in-depth information about a particular subject while also pointing to its limitations. While the text covers fundamental concepts with contemporary, political examples, discussions of feminism and environmentalism offer a distinct departure from other texts and a unique opportunity to you as a political science student. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Investigating the Conduct of Ministers

Seventh Report of Session 2007-08, Report and Appendices, Together with Formal Minutes

Author: Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Public Administration Select Committee

Publisher: The Stationery Office

ISBN: 9780215515063

Category: Cabinet officers

Page: 39

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The post of Prime Minister's Independent Adviser on Ministerial Interests was created in March 2006, and extended by the incoming Prime Minister in July 2007. Part of the new Independent Adviser's role is to investigate allegations that the Ministerial Code has been breached. This Report considers the suitability of the new mechanism for investigating alleged breaches of the Code. The creation of an investigatory capacity is welcomed as an important step. However, the Committee identifies limitations on the Independent Adviser's powers which cast doubt over the effective ability of any holder of the post to secure public confidence. The Independent Adviser should be free to instigate investigations rather than, as at present, being dependent on being invited to do so by the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister should also undertake that findings of investigations into the conduct of ministers will routinely be published. Constitutional watchdogs such as this new investigator need to be demonstrably independent of those they regulate. The post of Independent Adviser meets none of the criteria associated with independence. The holder of the post, Sir Philip Mawer, has been appointed by the Prime Minister on a non-specific term of office which can be terminated by the Prime Minister at any time and on any grounds. He has no staff of his own, no office and no budget, but relies on the Cabinet Office for all these things. There has been no open advertisement process and no parliamentary involvement in the appointment. Until these defects are remedied, the Committee has difficulty accepting the suggestion that the new investigator can meaningfully be considered to be independent.

Counter-Terrorism Bill the Role of Ministers, Parliament and the Judiciary 10th Report of Session 2007-08 Report: House of Lords Paper 167 Session 200

Author: Bernan

Publisher: The Stationery Office

ISBN: 9780104013458

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 31

View: 6047

This report considers the respective roles of ministers, Parliament and the judiciary in the arrangements proposed specifically in the provisions of parts 2 (detention and questioning of terrorist suspects) and 6 (inquests and inquiries) of the Counter-Terrorism Bill. Whilst the Committee does not criticise the process by which the Bill's proposals have been developed they do have concerns relating to the outcomes that have been reached. They look at the basic constitutional questions of: what should the maximum permitted time of pre-charge detention be (given the Bill's proposed increase to 42 days)?; and who should be empowered to authorise such detention? The Committee notes that the European Convention on Human Rights requires that those arrested shall be informed "promptly" of the reasons for their arrest and of any charge against them, and then be brought "promptly" before a judge (article 5 (2) (3)). They advise that if the House approves the time limit set out in the Bill, it will do so in the knowledge that the question of compliance with Convention rights is likely to be heard and ultimately determined by the Courts. They also feel that the decision making scheme set out in the Bill is too elaborate and complex. The Committee continues with examining the Bill's part 6 proposals to permit the Secretary of State to issue certificates requiring an inquest to be hld without a jury and proposed arrangements for appointing and removing "specially appointed coroners". They state that, in their view, Ministers should be required to apply to the court for a non-jury inquest, rather than being empowered to determine without any judicial oversight that there will be such an inquest.

A Minister and His Responsibilities

Author: Morarji Ranchodji Desai,Institute of Constitutional and Parliamentary Studies (New Delhi, India)

Publisher: Delhi : Published for the Institute of Constitutional and Parliamentary Studies [by] National Publishing House


Category: Cabinet officers

Page: 56

View: 666


Cobbett's Parliamentary History of England

From the Norman Conquest, in 1066, to the Year, 1803. From which Last-mentioned Epoch it is Continued Downwards in the Work Entitled: "Cobbett's Parliamentary Debates".

Author: Great Britain. Parliament

Publisher: N.A


Category: Great Britain

Page: N.A

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