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Comparing Westminster

R. A. W. Rhodes, John Wanna, and Patrick Weller


This book explores how the governmental elites in Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa understand their Westminster system. It examines in detail four interrelated features of Westminster systems: firstly, the increasing centralization in collective, responsible cabinet government; second, the constitutional convention of ministerial and collective responsibility; third, the role of a professional, non-partisan public service; and finally, parliament's relationship to the executive. The book explains the changes that have occurred in the Westminster model by analyzing four ... More

Keywords: Westminster, tradition, dilemma, beliefs, practices, meanings, narratives, cabinet, prime minister, ministerial responsibility

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199563494
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563494.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

R. A. W. Rhodes, author
Professor of Government, University of Tasmania; and Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Australian National University.
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John Wanna, author
Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University and Professor in Public Policy, Griffith University.
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Patrick Weller, author
Premier of Queensland Chair of Governance and Public Policy, Griffith University.
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