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- DescriptionAlan 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.
- Author BiographyAlan Ward is Emeritus Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary, where he taught for 35 years.
- Author(s)Alan J. Ward
- PublisherAnthem Press
- Date of Publication15/02/2014
- SubjectGovernment & Constitution
- Series TitleAnthem-ASP Australasia Publishing Programme
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintAnthem Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight454 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine25 mm
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