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Parliamentary Government in Australia

Parliamentary Government in Australia

By Alan J. Ward

Anthem-ASP Australasia Publishing Programme

The volume 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.

Hardback, 330 Pages

ISBN:9781783081219

February 2014

£70.00, $115.00

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

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Anthem-ASP Australasia Publishing Programme

Anthem Asia-Pacific Series

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