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Author Ward, Alan J., author

Title Parliamentary government in Australia / Alan J. Ward
Edition Revised edition
Published North Melbourne, Vic. : Australian Scholarly, 2012
North Melbourne, Vic. : Australian Scholarly Publishing Pty Ltd, 2012


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  328.94 War/Pgi 2013  AVAILABLE
Description x, 318 pages ; 24 cm
Contents pt. I. An introduction to parliamentary government in Australia -- 1. Introduction -- 2. Defining parliamentary government -- 3. Introducing parliamentary government to Australia -- pt. II. Modern parliamentary government in Australia -- 4. Fusion -- 5. The confidence of the majority -- 6. Political parties --7. The Prime minister -- 8. The Cabinet -- 9. Parliament : the Lower House -- 10. Parliament : the Upper House -- 11. The head of state -- 12. Australian federalism and parliamentary government -- 13. Conclusion : executive democracy in Australia
Summary "Alan Ward combines constitutional history and political science to compare all nine of Australia's political systems, federal, state and territory, from colonial times to the present. Guided by a model of parliamentary government drawn from comparative politics he considers the selection of the government, the prime minister and cabinet, government control of the lower house, the primacy of the lower house in bicameral systems, the head of state and the influence of Australian federalism on parliamentary government. He also considers the growth of executive democracy in Australia, with its dominant executive. Only one of Australia's nine constitutions accurately describes parliamentary government as practiced in the country and Ward argues, as a democratic imperative, that the other eight should be rewritten." -- publisher website
Analysis Australian
Executive government
Federal state relations
House of Representatives
Interstate comparisons
Parliamentary procedure
Political parties, Australian
Prime Minister
State constitutions
Governor General
State parliaments
Notes First ed. published in 2012
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-306) and index
Subject Australia. Parliament.
Representative government and representation -- Australia.
Australia -- Politics and government.
ISBN 9781921875908