Can Responsible Government Survive In Australia?

David Hamer

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the second edition
Foreword to the first edition
Introduction

Part 1 The beginnings of the Westminster system

1 - The origins of responsible government

2 - The development of the Westminster system

Part 2 The performance of the Westminster system parliaments in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, 1970-2000

3 - Choosing a government-lower houses as electoral colleges

4 - The executive government

5 - Curiously ill-defined-the role of the head of state

6 - Passing laws-lower houses as legislatures

7 - The other roles of lower houses

8 - Upper houses

9 - Parliamentary control of delegated legislation

10 - What parliaments cannot do

Part 3 The future of the Westminster system

11 - What is wrong with an elective dictatorship?

12 - Where do we go from here?

Bibliography

Footnotes

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