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External Accountability

Matthew Flinders

in Delegated Governance and the British State: Walking without Order

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199271603
eISBN:
9780191709241
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271603.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, UK Politics, Political Economy

This chapter challenges the dominant view that public bodies are unaccountable, and instead seeks to cultivate a more sophisticated frame of analysis which is aware of and sympathetic to different ... More


The Reform of the Select Committee System; An Attempt to Redress the Balance

DIANA WOODHOUSE

in Ministers and Parliament: Accountability in Theory and Practice

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198278924
eISBN:
9780191684265
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198278924.003.0010
Subject:
Political Science, UK Politics

In 1979, the system of the select committees based on the Expenditure Committee and descended from the former Estimates Committee was reformed to provide a series of specialist committees to examine ... More


Scrutiny and Oversight

William McKay and Charles W. Johnson

in Parliament and Congress: Representation and Scrutiny in the Twenty-First Century

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199273621
eISBN:
9780191594281
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273621.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics, UK Politics

The means of parliamentary scrutiny are not as in the past mainly financial and exercised on the floor of the Commons. The twenty Opposition days are for political scrutiny. Estimates days, based on ... More


The 1960s and the 1968 Theatres Act

David Thomas, David Carlton, and Anne Etienne

in Theatre Censorship: From Walpole to Wilson

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780199260287
eISBN:
9780191717390
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199260287.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Drama

This chapter explores the political and theatrical context of the 1960s to establish why and how — after so many failed attempts — theatre censorship was finally abolished with the passing of the ... More


Ministers and Parliament: Accountability in Theory and Practice

Diana Woodhouse

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198278924
eISBN:
9780191684265
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198278924.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, UK Politics

In constitutional theory, the convention of individual ministerial responsibility ensures the accountability of ministers to Parliament. In practice, it is frequently used by government to limit ... More


The 1909 Challenge to Statutory Theatre Censorship

David Thomas, David Carlton, and Anne Etienne

in Theatre Censorship: From Walpole to Wilson

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780199260287
eISBN:
9780191717390
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199260287.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Drama

This chapter shows how playwrights at the beginning of the 20th century (notably G. B. Shaw and Harley Granville Barker) led the first serious challenge to the system of statutory theatre censorship. ... More


Statutory Theatre Censorship, 1737–1892

David Thomas, David Carlton, and Anne Etienne

in Theatre Censorship: From Walpole to Wilson

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780199260287
eISBN:
9780191717390
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199260287.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Drama

This chapter provides an account of the historical and theatrical context of the 1730s, emphasizing in particular Henry Fielding's satirical attacks on Walpole and George II. It explains why ... More


Parliament and Congress: Representation and Scrutiny in the Twenty-First Century

William McKay and Charles W. Johnson

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199273621
eISBN:
9780191594281
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273621.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics, UK Politics

The constitutional background of both legislatures and their procedures are described and where possible compared. Currently unsolved problems often have much in common, in vexed areas such as ethics ... More


Next Steps Agencies: The Problems of Accountability

DIANA WOODHOUSE

in Ministers and Parliament: Accountability in Theory and Practice

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198278924
eISBN:
9780191684265
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198278924.003.0012
Subject:
Political Science, UK Politics

It is hoped that the Next Steps agencies will engineer an increase in efficiency of government in the delivery of services. However, there is confusion and uncertainty as to whether they will improve ... More


Effectiveness in the House of Commons since 1997

Alexandra Kelso

in Parliamentary Reform at Westminster

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719076756
eISBN:
9781781702482
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719076756.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, UK Politics

Norton (2000) outlined three conditions that must be met before effective parliamentary reform may proceed. The first necessary condition is a window of opportunity in which reform can take place. ... More


V3. Executive–Legislative Relationships

Matthew Flinders

in Democratic Drift: Majoritarian Modification and Democratic Anomie in the United Kingdom

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199271597
eISBN:
9780191709234
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271597.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics, UK Politics

The relationship between the executive and legislature at the national level remains heavily weighted in favour of the government but a far more balanced relationship is observable at the ... More


Conclusion

DIANA WOODHOUSE

in Ministers and Parliament: Accountability in Theory and Practice

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198278924
eISBN:
9780191684265
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198278924.003.0014
Subject:
Political Science, UK Politics

The preceding chapters have examined the recent operation of the convention of individual ministerial responsibility and the institutional changes which affect its operation. The purpose of this ... More


Effectiveness in the House of Commons 1900–97

Alexandra Kelso

in Parliamentary Reform at Westminster

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719076756
eISBN:
9781781702482
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719076756.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, UK Politics

Successive governments have been able to use their dominant position inside the House of Commons to implement effectiveness reforms, defined as those which seek to rebalance executive-legislative ... More


The Role of Select Committees

Meg Russell and Daniel Gover

in Legislation at Westminster: Parliamentary Actors and Influence in the Making of British Law

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780198753827
eISBN:
9780191815461
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198753827.003.0008
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

This chapter explores the various means by which specialist select committees in both the House of Commons and House of Lords interact with and influence government legislation. The development of ... More


The Marbles are Sold

William St. Clair

in Lord Elgin and the Marbles

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780192880536
eISBN:
9780191670596
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192880536.003.0022
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

When the new Parliamentary session started in February 1816, Lord Elgin put forward his Petition as he requested that the House of Commons should be able to appoint a Select Committee to look into ... More


Comparative Perspectives on Accountability and Constitutional Reform

DIANA WOODHOUSE

in Ministers and Parliament: Accountability in Theory and Practice

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198278924
eISBN:
9780191684265
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198278924.003.0013
Subject:
Political Science, UK Politics

Previous chapters examined the reform of the select committee system and the changes within the civil service, both of which have an impact upon the operation of ministerial responsibility. A ... More


Computers and the Politics of Systematics

Christine Hine

in Systematics as Cyberscience: Computers, Change, and Continuity in Science

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262083713
eISBN:
9780262275408
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262083713.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

This chapter can be regarded as the continuation of the preceding chapter; in this section, the author extends his views in the field of systematics in a detailed way. The chapter explores the role ... More


Introduction

William McKay and Charles W. Johnson

in Parliament and Congress: Representation and Scrutiny in the Twenty-First Century

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199273621
eISBN:
9780191594281
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273621.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics, UK Politics

Considered over the years since 1776, the progressive tightening of government control over the UK Parliament may be relaxing somewhat. Select committees in particular have led the way in the ... More


The Doctrine of Ministerial Responsibility

Geoffrey Marshall

in Constitutional Conventions: The Rules and Forms of Political Accountability

Published in print:
1987
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198762027
eISBN:
9780191695179
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198762027.003.0005
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

In this chapter, collective responsibility is first discussed by illustrating the three traditional branches of the collective responsibility convention: the confidence rule, the unanimity rule, and ... More


The Company (II) The Nineteenth-century Water Question

BERNARD RUDDEN

in The New River: A Legal History

Published in print:
1985
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198254973
eISBN:
9780191681547
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198254973.003.0007
Subject:
Law, Legal History

The nineteenth century saw four Royal Commissions, dozens of Select Committees, scores of unsuccessful Bills, and over a hundred Acts of Parliament devoted to the metropolitan water supply; at the ... More


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