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Delegation and Accountability in Parliamentary Democracies$
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Kaare Strøm, Wolfgang C. Müller, and Torbjörn Bergman

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198297840

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/019829784X.001.0001

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Ireland: ‘O What a Tangled Web. . .’—Delegation, Accountability, and Executive Power

Ireland: ‘O What a Tangled Web. . .’—Delegation, Accountability, and Executive Power

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(p.418) 13 Ireland: ‘O What a Tangled Web. . .’—Delegation, Accountability, and Executive Power
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Delegation and Accountability in Parliamentary Democracies
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DOI:10.1093/019829784X.003.0013

The Irish state inherited many features of the Westminster parliamentary system, but with some important divergences: a written constitution protected by a Supreme Court, a proportional representation electoral system with a single transferable vote, and a directly elected President as Head of State. Irish political parties are cohesive, disciplined, and centralized under the direction of the party leaderships. The electoral system allows the electorate to vote directly for individual candidates in multimember constituencies, which increases the individual accountability of legislators and helps to contain agency loss. Irish governments have not been heavily constrained or monitored by other institutions or agents, including Parliament.

Keywords:   constituency service, executive secrecy, neutrality, proportional representation, referendums, single transferable vote, weak committee system, Westminster system

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