Deliberative Democracy in Australia: The Changing Place of Parliament

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 13, 1998 - History - 265 pages
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.
 

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Contents

Deliberative Democracy in Theory
3
Deliberation in Democratic Theory
4
Deliberation and Contemporary Republicanism
13
Deliberation and Classical Republicanism
19
Theories of Parliamentary Power
35
Republicanism and Representation
37
Liberalism versus Republicanism
40
Reconstructing Parliamentary Power
47
Framing the Legislative Process
131
House Norms
135
Senate Norms
141
Accountability Parliamentary Principles
151
SportsRorts Affair
152
Architecture of Accountability
158
Reframing Australian Accountability
164
An Accountable Parliament
170

Doctrines of Responsible Government
58
Original Understanding of Responsible Government
59
Later Models of Responsible Government
66
Reframing Responsible Government
77
Devices of Deliberative Democracy
82
Requisites of Representation
83
Legislative Procedures
91
Deliberative Institutions
94
The Ends of Representation
103
Mandate Wars
105
Arguments over Proportional Representation
108
Judicial Review of Representation
115
The Means of Legislation
122
Mabo Compared
124
Accountability Parliamentary Practices
178
Arenas and Instruments
179
Expanded Arenas Sharpened Instruments
190
Ministerial Responsibility
194
Public Service Accountability
204
Deliberative Democracy in Australian Practice
213
Testing the Deliberative Process
214
Testing the Deliberative Assembly
219
The Place of Judicial Review
231
Parliamentary Reform Priorities
233
References
250
Index
261
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