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Is the Westminster System of Government Alive and Well?

Norton, Philip



The Westminster system of government is one of the principal forms of government in the democratic world, yet it has been subject to myriad definitions or, with a meaning taken as given, considered by many commentators to be a diminishing phenomenon, “unworkable outside the special circumstances of mainland Britain” and lacking in legitimacy. Here, we offer a definition of the Westminster system as a culturally based system of government, one that derives from an accepted view of government and modes of executive–legislative relations. Pace critics such as Beetham, we find that the system has attributes that have ensured its pervasiveness and endurance.


Norton, P. (2022). Is the Westminster System of Government Alive and Well?. Journal of international and comparative law, 9(1), 1-24

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 5, 2022
Publication Date Jun 1, 2022
Deposit Date Apr 5, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jun 2, 2023
Journal Journal of International and Comparative Law
Print ISSN 2313-3775
Publisher Sweet and Maxwell
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue 1
Pages 1-24
Keywords Westminster model, legislatures
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