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Is the Westminster system broken beyond repair?


Grube, DC and Howard, C, Is the Westminster system broken beyond repair?, Governance, 29, (4) pp. 467-481. ISSN 0952-1895 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/gove.12230


Is Westminster dying as a useful conceptual encapsulation of a particular system of public administration? Scholarly critiques over the last decade have suggested Westminster civil services are evolving in ways that erode crucial Westminster "traditions." Core elements including security of tenure, merit-based selection, non-partisanship, anonymity, and ministerial responsibility are all perceived as in decline or under attack. Influential commentators have proposed concepts such as "new political governance," changing "public sector bargains," "court government/politics," and "presidentialization" to document and interpret these allegedly paradigmatic shifts in public administration. This article places these in context by canvasing different accounts of what Westminster is, before assessing the critiques about what it has become. The article argues that Westminster is not broken beyond repair, but rather it has been remolded to suit the needs of contemporary governance.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Political science not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Government and politics not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Grube, DC (Associate Professor Dennis Grube)
ID Code:116784
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:18
Deposited By:Arts, Law and Education
Deposited On:2017-05-19
Last Modified:2017-11-15

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