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Minority government and marginal members: new issues for political and policy legitimacy in Australia

Prosser , Brenton; Denniss, Richard

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A steady decline in major party support in Commonwealth nations has resulted in changing parliamentary compositions, including the growing prevalence of minority government. Such situations pose new questions for notions of government legitimacy within Westminster systems. For instance, is negotiation with cross-benchers an example of government illegitimacy? What is the legitimate role of non-ministerial members when the composition of parliament gives them the final say on the enabling...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorProsser , Brenton
dc.contributor.authorDenniss, Richard
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-07T22:26:57Z
dc.identifier.issn0144-2872
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/21665
dc.description.abstractA steady decline in major party support in Commonwealth nations has resulted in changing parliamentary compositions, including the growing prevalence of minority government. Such situations pose new questions for notions of government legitimacy within Westminster systems. For instance, is negotiation with cross-benchers an example of government illegitimacy? What is the legitimate role of non-ministerial members when the composition of parliament gives them the final say on the enabling legislation for public policy? What is the legitimate response of the public sector regarding policy-making in the context of minority government? In this paper, we reflect on how a ‘marginal member’ concept can provide new insights into such issues and their implications.
dc.publisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
dc.rightsPlease upload published paper when available. AM
dc.sourcePolicy Studies
dc.titleMinority government and marginal members: new issues for political and policy legitimacy in Australia
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolumeOnline
dc.date.issued2015
local.identifier.absfor160801 - Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment
local.identifier.absfor160601 - Australian Government and Politics
local.identifier.ariespublicationu3974019xPUB18
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationProsser , Brenton , College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationDenniss, Richard, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage16
local.identifier.doi10.1080/01442872.2015.1073247
local.identifier.absseo940201 - Civics and Citizenship
local.identifier.absseo940203 - Political Systems
dc.date.updated2015-12-07T09:47:48Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84938850192
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