Lessons from the process of government formation after the 2010 general election

Lessons from the process of government formation after the 2010 general election

Author: Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Political and Constitutional Reform Committee

Publisher: The Stationery Office

ISBN: 0215556100

Category: Law

Page: 126

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In this report the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee gives its assessment of the process of government formation following the May 2010 general election. In general, the committee finds that the process went well, but it also suggests some practical improvements and clarifications. Among the key findings is that clearer guidance is still needed on the circumstances under which a Prime Minister should resign and when he has a duty to remain in office. The report also proposes enhanced processes for ensuring that governments understand-and are discouraged from breaching-restrictions on their activity that apply before and immediately after general elections. The committee concludes that as a coalition government's programme for government cannot be put directly to the people, the House of Commons needs to have the opportunity to subject these proposals to full pre-legislative scrutiny.

The Heath Government 1970-74

The Heath Government 1970-74

Author: Stuart Ball

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317889939

Category: History

Page: 440

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Only now is it possible to see Edward Heath's controversial administration (1970-1974) in balanced historical perspective - and increasingly it seems a turning-point for postwar Britain. This timely volume explores the agenda of the Heath government in all its aspects (including economy, industrial relations, social policy, immigration, Northern Ireland, British entry into Europe, and foreign relations), assesses how far it achieved its aims, and examines the response to them. The book is based upon much new research, including the archives of the Conservative Party and the TUC, and interviews with many of those involved at the heart of government. The result will be essential reading for anyone interested in modern British history, politics and government. Contributors include PAUL ARTHUR, LEWIS BASTON, VERNON BOGDANOR, ALEC CAIRNCROSS, CHRISTOPHER HILL, DENNIS KAVANAGH, ZIG LAYTON-HENRY, CHRISTOPHER LORD, RODNEY LOWE, JOHN RAMSDEN, ROBERT TAYLOR, KEVIN THEAKSTON, JOHN YOUNG.

Politics and Government in the Visegrad Countries

Politics and Government in the Visegrad Countries

Author: J. Fitzmaurice

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230373228

Category: Political Science

Page: 202

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The book aims to offer an accessible, comprehensive and up-to-date one volume comparative overview of the systems of government and politics in the four main countries of central Europe. It will be of use to courses in modern history, politics and government and international relations that wish to integrate study of these future EU members into their courses. It will also be useful to politicians, businessmen and experts who need a handy introduction to the politics of the region. All of the key institutions are analyzed to trace the evolution of these countries from part of the Soviet bloc to independent democratic states. The role of civil society in the period of transition and the countries' future prospects at the heart of Europe are analyzed.