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Ministers and Parliament: Accountability in Theory and Practice

Diana Woodhouse


In constitutional theory, the convention of individual ministerial responsibility ensures the accountability of ministers to Parliament. In practice, it is frequently used by government to limit rather than facilitate accountability. This book examines the divergence between theory and practice. It analyses the situations in which ministers resign, the effectiveness of resignation as a means of accountability, and the abdication by ministers of responsibility. It also examines the powers and limitations of Select Committees, the effect of the new Next Steps Agencies on individual ministerial r ... More

Keywords: constitutional theory, accountability, Parliament, resignation, Select Committees, New Steps Agencies, Westminster, constitutional reform

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198278924
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198278924.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Diana Woodhouse, author
Oxford Brookes University