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Deliberative Democracy in Australia : The Changing Place of Parliament - John Uhr

Deliberative Democracy in Australia

The Changing Place of Parliament

By: John Uhr

Paperback Published: 13th April 1998
ISBN: 9780521624657
Number Of Pages: 282

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Parliament is central to the democratic claims of our system of governance. This book evaluates the role and performance of this centrepiece of Australian government. It explores the institutional design of the parliament, and its principles and practices, presenting a compelling case for reform. Uhr discusses parliament's representative and legislative roles, and the issue of accountability. He looks at the place of representative assemblies in liberal political theory and assesses current institutional performance. He argues that republicanism can be seen as a form of deliberative democracy, examining ways in which such democracy might be made more effective and meaningful in Australia. Combining an authoritative knowledge of political theory with a familiarity with the inner-workings of the Australian parliament, the author makes an important contribution to debates in Australia and internationally.

'Cambridge University Press is to be congratulated on the quality of this publication, another in its distinguished Studies in Australian History series. Attractively presented and meticulously edited, the production does justice to the quality of the text as a major contribution to our understanding of the relationship between gender, work and the state,' Raelene Frances, Australian Historical Studies 'This is a splendidly produced book. It shows what it means to have Cambridge University Press as publisher. It is a mine of information, it is stimulating and thought-provoking.' Anthony Mason, Canberra, Bulletin of Public Administration

Framework of Analysis
Deliberative democracy in theory
Parliament in Political Theory
Theories of parliamentary power
Doctrines of responsible government
Devices of deliberative democracy
Parliament in Australian Practice
The ends of representation
The means of legislation
Accountability: parliamentary principles
Accountability: parliamentary practices
Combining Theory and Practice
Deliberative democracy in Australian practice
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ISBN: 9780521624657
ISBN-10: 0521624657
Series: Reshaping Australian Institutions
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 282
Published: 13th April 1998
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.89 x 15.27  x 1.96
Weight (kg): 0.41