Lecture 7

Lecture 7 - Members of parliament don’t have independence...

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Lecture 7 - votes of first national party get preference - votes of second national party are devalued - votes of a regional parties are favored - in 2011 election there was a combination because ndp was pretty much regionally based – Quebec - house of commons o could argue that house of commons is not representative of diversity age ethnic background gender social background o this house of commons is more representative, buut still under representative - symbolic value of representation in the house - he thinks theres systemic bias In the system Responsible government - Configuration of power o Executive-centred Party discipline is crucial
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Unformatted text preview: Members of parliament don’t have independence o Parliament-centred Prime minister and cabinet need support from parliament We are an executive-centred system-Characteristics of the HoC o Strong party discipline o “Adversarial-ism”-he argues HoC is not an effective check on government Reading – Professor franks-HoC has 4 functions o To make a government But people elect GG can replace o To make a government work o To make a government behave Opposition doesn’t have the power to discipline the government o To make an alternative government...
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This note was uploaded on 12/06/2011 for the course POLI 221 taught by Professor Rickschultz during the Spring '11 term at McGill.

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