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The British Constitution in the Twentieth Century$
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Vernon Bogdanor

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263198

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263198.001.0001

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Ministerial Responsibility1

Ministerial Responsibility1

(p.280) (p.281) 8. Ministerial Responsibility1
The British Constitution in the Twentieth Century

Diana Woodhouse

British Academy

This chapter examines the changes in ministerial responsibility in Great Britain during the twentieth century. It suggests that the twentieth century saw the decay of imperfect but working conventions, the divisions between policy and operations and accountability and responsibility which may suggest a rationalisation of ministerial responsibility. The chapter explains that, for more than a century, ministerial responsibility has underpinned Britain's constitutional arrangements and the Westminster system of government, andhas provided the rationale for the institutional structure of government and the basis for political relationships.

Keywords:   ministerial responsibility, Great Britain, working conventions, constitutional arrangements, Westminster system, political relationship

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