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Constitutional Conventions: The Rules and Forms of Political Accountability

Geoffrey Marshall


In Britain and other commonwealth countries, it is convention rather than law that determines many crucial questions of government behavior. This timely volume examines these major conventions and practices, including rules governing the activities of the Cabinet, the Prime Minister, and the Crown; the doctrines of collective and individual responsibilities of ministers and to Parliament; and the principles of accountability applicable to public servants. The theory of convention since Dicey is explored in the first chapter. The uses of the Queen, the practice of dissolution, and the doctrine ... More

Keywords: Britain, Commonwealth, convention, Cabinet, Prime Minister, Crown, collective responsibility, individual responsibility, Parliament, accountability

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1987 Print ISBN-13: 9780198762027
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198762027.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoffrey Marshall, author