Parliamentary Government in Australia

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Anthem Press, Feb 15, 2014 - Political Science - 330 pages
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Alan J. Ward combines constitutional history and political science to compare all nine of Australia’s political systems, federal, state and territorial, from colonial times to the present. Guided by a model of parliamentary government drawn from comparative politics, he considers the following key topics: 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; the influence of Australian federalism on parliamentary government; and the growth of executive democracy in Australia. Ultimately, Ward argues that as only one of Australia’s nine constitutions accurately describes parliamentary government as practiced in the country, it is a democratic imperative that the other eight be rewritten.
  

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Contents

Defining Parliamentary Government
10
introducing Parliamentary Government to Australia
25
Modern Parliamentary Government in Australia
67
Fusion
69
The Confidence of the Majority
75
Political Parties
101
The Prime Minister
129
The Cabinet
147
The Upper House 11 The Head of State
176
Australian Federalism and Parliamentary Government
252
Executive Democracy in Australia
265
Bibliography
295
25
307
75
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147
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ix
312

The Lower House
166

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About the author (2014)

Alan Ward is Emeritus Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary, where he taught for 35 years.

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