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Powers of Fijiís Head of State: some considerations on the 50th anniversary of Fijiís independence


Herr, R, Powers of Fiji's Head of State: some considerations on the 50th anniversary of Fiji's independence, Australasian Parliamentary Review, 35, (1) pp. 8-23. ISSN 1447-9125 (2020) [Refereed Article]


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The Westminster model for parliamentary democracy has served as the template for one of the worldís most widely used forms of responsible government. The model owes its popularity to its cultural adaptiveness, which stems largely from the original modelís reliance on pragmatic conventions to resolve fundamental constitutional disputes. However, as Walter Bagehot noted 150 years ago, every replication can lead to Ďcopying errorsí. Fijiís 2013 constitution was intended to restore Fiji to parliamentary democracy after the 2006 military coup. It has been controversial for many reasons including the significant changes it made to previous iterations of the Westminster model over the 50 years since Fijiís independence especially the 1997 constitution which was itself a consequence of a military coup. This article tests the relevance of Bagehotís concerns in contemporary Fiji as they appear in the 2013 Constitution, with a focus on Head of State-Parliament relations.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Westminster model, parliamentary democracy, Constitutionalism, Head of State, Fiji
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Public law
Research Field:Constitutional law
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Political systems
UTAS Author:Herr, R (Associate Professor Richard Herr)
ID Code:143859
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2021-04-07
Last Modified:2021-05-24
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