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.
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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: 7768

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.
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Ministers and Parliament

Accountability in Theory and Practice

Author: Diana Woodhouse

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198278924

Category: Social Science

Page: 321

View: 491

* 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
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Ministers and Parliament

Accountability in Theory and Practice

Author: Diana Woodhouse

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198278924

Category: Social Science

Page: 321

View: 3142

* 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
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Ministerial Accountability and Parliamentary Questions

Fifth Report of Session 2004-05

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

Publisher: The Stationery Office

ISBN: 9780215023254

Category: Political Science

Page: 223

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Ministerial Accountability and Parliamentary Questions : Fifth Report of Session 2004-05
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Prime Minister and Cabinet Today

Author: Graham P. Thomas

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719039515

Category: Political Science

Page: 230

View: 8882

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.
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Law Making and the Scottish Parliament

Author: Elaine E Sutherland

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748687661

Category: Law

Page: 432

View: 7212

A study of legislative developments in areas of law and policy devolved to the Scottish Parliament.
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Power, Prime Ministers and the Press

The Battle for Truth on Parliament Hill

Author: Robert Lewis

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 1459742656

Category: History

Page: 344

View: 9598

An intimate history of the people of the Parliamentary Press Gallery who covered Canadian history, and made some of their own.
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Parliament Today

Author: Michael Rush

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719057953

Category: History

Page: 338

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'Parliament Today' is an up-to-date textbook, explaining Parliament's historical and constitutional context but focusing on how it operates in modern Britain and how it might be reformed. It looks at parliamentary government in theory and practice, drawing widely on academic research and making extensive use of Parliament's own records. Themes and concepts are illustrated by historical, recent and contemporary examples. Where appropriate, comparisons are made with practice in other countries. Parliament is treated as a single political institution, at the same time drawing out the similarities and differences between Commons and Lords. Boxes set out themes and concepts, figures illustrate the physical layout and tables provide detailed information on Parliament's operation. 'Parliament Today' is intended for students of politics from A-level to final year undergraduates, but also for anyone interested in what Parliament does and how it works.
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Analyzing Politics

Author: Ellen Grigsby

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 0495501123

Category: Political Science

Page: 384

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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.
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The impact and effectiveness of ministerial reshuffles

second report of session 2013-14, Vol. 1: Report, together with formal minutes and oral evidence

Author: Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Political and Constitutional Reform Committee

Publisher: Stationery Office

ISBN: 9780215059031

Category: Political Science

Page: 122

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Reshuffles are damaging to the effectiveness of individual Ministers and of Government as a whole. They also hinder Parliament's ability to hold Government to account. Every time there is a reshuffle, it is proceeded by months of speculation about who will move where, which in itself causes a kind of paralysis within Government. The Committee calls for Secretaries of State to be left in post for the length of a Parliament. Taken together with the advent of fixed-term Parliaments, this should enable them to make a real difference. Some reshuffling of ministers is inevitable because of resignations and illness but reshuffles have become a habit in the UK. The majority of the Committee concluded that there should be a specific Minister in the Cabinet Office who is responsible for ministerial development. He or she should oversee ministerial training and appraisal. There should also be compulsory training for all new Ministers, continuous professional development for experienced Ministers and basic ministerial training for shadow Ministers in the 12 months before the expected date of a general election. Outgoing Ministers should handover directly to their successors, rather than relying exclusively on the civil service to conduct handovers.
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British Politics For Dummies

Author: Julian Knight,Michael Pattison

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118971523

Category: Political Science

Page: 424

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Your updated and revised guide to British politics So, you want to be knowledgeable about British politics but don't know where to start? You've come to the right place! British Politics For Dummies is your essential guide to understanding even the trickiest questions surrounding politics in the UK. In no time, you'll have the confidence to discuss the ins and outs of past and present elections, political leaders, parties and ideologies. Packed with understandable information on the origins, history and structure of the UK parliamentary system, British Politics For Dummies offers a fascinating glimpse into the rollercoaster world of politics. Explaining everything from key political ideologies and the spread of democracy to the current election process and the differences between political parties, this hands-on, friendly guide is an ideal companion to British politics and elections. Includes expanded coverage of coalition governments, devolution and independence efforts Provides updated information on UKIP and Britain's place in Europe Serves as a helpful guide to elections and British political parties—electoral systems, voting behaviour and trends and the role of pressure groups and the media Offers a fascinating examination of British politics on the world stage Whether you want to get to grips with British politics and government or build your knowledge beyond the basics, this updated edition of British Politics For Dummies is the place to start.
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HC 351 - Role and Powers of thePrime Minister

Author: Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Committee of Public Accounts,Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Political and Constitutional Reform Committee

Publisher: The Stationery Office

ISBN: 0215073215

Category: Political Science

Page: 52

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Many of the Prime Minister's powers are obscure "prerogative" powers, which are not well understood or defined. More of these prerogative powers should be codified in statute to make them more transparent and increase accountability to Parliament. Government should also consider consolidating the existing Prime Ministerial powers in one place - the way the role has evolved means there is no single and authoritative source of information on the powers. There is widespread agreement that the Prime Minister's role has increased in recent decades-including in policy making. Coalition government has to some extent constrained the powers of the Prime Minister but this might not persist under single-party government. The need for support by a majority of Members of Parliament and the Cabinet acts as a check and balance on the Prime Minister. However, these political mechanisms are not effective on a "day-to-day" basis. The Liaison Committee has the potential to be a very effective mechanism for Parliament to hold the Prime Minster to account, and should continue to improve the way it works. The Government should consider a role for Parliament in the investiture of the Prime Minister, or the Government, after a general election. Some consider that accountability of the Prime Minister would be strengthened by direct election by the public, US style. The Government could also consider the creation of a combined Department for the Prime Minister and the Cabinet, with a departmental Select Committee specifically to scrutinise that Department
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The Parliamentary Mandate

A Global Comparative Study

Author: Marc van der Hulst,Inter-Parliamentary Union

Publisher: Inter-Parliamentary Union

ISBN: 9291420565

Category: Legislators

Page: 154

View: 4901

Undersøgelse af parlamentsmandatet baseret på svar på IPU-spørgeskema fra 134 parlamenter. Svarene er sammenlignet systematisk med de respektive forfatninger, lovgivning og parlamentsforretningsordener.
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Accounting for Ministers

Scandal and Survival in British Government 1945-2007

Author: Samuel Berlinski,Torun Dewan,Keith Dowding

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521519721

Category: History

Page: 197

View: 6652

Uses the tools of modern political science to analyse the factors which determine the fortunes of Cabinet ministers.
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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.
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