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Ministers and ParliamentAccountability in Theory and Practice$
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Diana Woodhouse

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198278924

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198278924.001.0001

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Comparative Perspectives on Accountability and Constitutional Reform

Comparative Perspectives on Accountability and Constitutional Reform

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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 significant feature of these reforms, which were conceived and executed independently of each other, is that they have been undertaken in isolation from wider concerns about public accountability. Indeed, while the reform of the select committee system at least engendered debate about the possible implications for ministerial accountability, the changes in the structure and operation of the civil service have not been related to any consideration of the constitution. Public accountability has not been on the agenda for reform or even discussion. There has been no overall perspective on, or theory of, accountability nor any attempt to co-ordinate management reforms and constitutional requirements.

Keywords:   select committee system, civil service, ministerial responsibility, constitutional reform, public accountability, Parliament

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