Comparing Westminster

  • Filename: comparing-westminster.
  • ISBN: 9780191609817
  • Release Date: 2009-08-27
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: R. A. W. Rhodes
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford

This book explores how the governmental elites in Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa understand their Westminster system. It examines in detail four interrelated features of Westminster systems. Firstly, the increasing centralisation in collective, responsible cabinet government. Second, the constitutional convention of ministerial and collective responsibility. Third, the role of a professional, non-partisan public service. And finally, parliament's relationship to the executive. The authors explain the changes that have occured in the Westminster model by analysing four traditions: royal prerogative, responsible government, constitutional bureaucracy, and representative government. They suggest that each tradition has a recurring dilemma, between centralisation and decentralisation, party government and ministerial responsibility, professionalisation and politicisation, and finally elitism and participation. They go on to argue that these dilemmas recur in four present-day debates: the growth of prime ministerial power, the decline in individual and collective ministerial accountability, politicisation of the public service, and executive dominance of the legislature. They conclude by identifying five meanings of - or narratives about - Westminster. Firstly, 'Westminster as heritage' - elite actors' shared governmental narrative understood as both precedents and nostalgia. Second, 'Westminster as political tool' - the expedient cloak worn by governments and politicians to defend themselves and criticise opponents. Third, 'Westminster as legitimising tradition' - providing legitimacy and a context for elite actions, serving as a point of reference to navigate this uncertain world. Fourth, 'Westminster as institutional category' - it remains a useful descriptor of a loose family of governments with shared origins and characteristics. Finally, 'Westminster as an effective political system' - it is a more effective and efficient political system than consensual parliamentary governments. Westminster is a flexible family of ideas that is useful for many purposes and survives, even thrives, because of its meaning in use to élite actors.

Comparing Devolved Governance

  • Filename: comparing-devolved-governance.
  • ISBN: 9780230389793
  • Release Date: 2012-03-29
  • Number of pages: 277
  • Author: D. Birrell
  • Publisher: Springer

Examines recent evidence of a growing symmetry in the operation of devolution in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This book makes one of the first systematic and detailed comparisons of the operation of the devolved institutions and machinery of governance. It uses a comparative approach to explore the key workings of government.

A Tale of Two Monasteries

  • Filename: a-tale-of-two-monasteries.
  • ISBN: 1400830389
  • Release Date: 2009-03-16
  • Number of pages: 280
  • Author: William Chester Jordan
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press

A Tale of Two Monasteries takes an unprecedented look at one of the great rivalries of the Middle Ages and offers it as a revealing lens through which to view the intertwined histories of medieval England and France. This is the first book to systematically compare Westminster Abbey and the abbey of Saint-Denis--two of the most important ecclesiastical institutions of the thirteenth century--and to do so through the lives and competing careers of the two men who ruled them, Richard de Ware of Westminster and Mathieu de Vendôme of Saint-Denis. Esteemed historian William Jordan weaves a breathtaking narrative of the social, cultural, and political history of the period. It was an age of rebellion and crusades, of artistic and architectural innovation, of unprecedented political reform, and of frustrating international diplomacy--and Richard and Mathieu, in one way or another, played important roles in all these developments. Jordan traces their rise from obscure backgrounds to the highest ranks of political authority, Abbot Richard becoming royal treasurer of England, and Abbot Mathieu twice serving as a regent of France during the crusades. By enabling us to understand the complex relationships the abbots and their rival institutions shared with each other and with the kings and social networks that supported and exploited them, A Tale of Two Monasteries paints a vivid portrait of medieval society and politics, and of the ambitious men who influenced them so profoundly. Some images inside the book are unavailable due to digital copyright restrictions.

Westminster Abbey Reformed

  • Filename: westminster-abbey-reformed.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015052876664
  • Release Date: 2003
  • Number of pages: 293
  • Author: C. S. Knighton
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

Westminster Abbey occupies a unique position in the religious and royal landscape of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth. As the scene of coronations and other great public occasions, it has been the continuing focus of the nation's religious life for half the Christian era. Yet the building itself would not have survived the upheavals of the Protestant Reformation had the institution running it not been itself 'reformed' from monastery into collegiate church. These nine studies discuss ways in which Westminster's new corporate structure evolved in the first century of its existence, and look at some of the personalities who played a part in that process. New research, much of it in the Abbey's own rich archive, opens up previously unseen views of this great church's internal affairs, its relationship with the Crown, and its place in its own locality.

Communion with God

  • Filename: communion-with-god.
  • ISBN: 0801031443
  • Release Date: 2007-03-01
  • Number of pages: 284
  • Author: Kelly M. Kapic
  • Publisher:

Focuses on the idea of communion with God in the work of Puritan theologian John Owen, covering key areas like anthropology, the Trinity, and the Lord's Supper.


  • Filename: hieroglyphics.
  • ISBN: 9781465539878
  • Release Date: 1960
  • Number of pages: 179
  • Author: Arthur Machen
  • Publisher: Library of Alexandria

It was my privilege, many years ago, to make the acquaintance of the obscure literary hermit, whose talk I have tried to reproduce in the pages that follow. Our first meeting was one of those chance affairs that now and then mitigate the loneliness of the London streets, and a second hazard led to the discovery that we had many interests in common. I think that the Hermit (as I shall call him) had begun to find the perpetual solitude of his years a growing terror, and he was not sorry to have a listener; at first, indeed, he talked almost with the joy of a child, or rather of a prisoner who has escaped from the house of silence, but as he chose subjects which have always interested me intensely, he gave as much pleasure as he received, and I became an assiduous visitor of his cell. He had found an odd retreat. He avoided personalities, and had a happy knack of forgetting any that I vouchsafed on my side, (he forgot my name three times on the first evening that we spent together, and succeeded in repeating this feat over and over again since then), and I never gathered much of his past history. But I believe that "something had happened" many years before, in the prehistoric age of the 'seventies. There had been a break of some sort in the man's life when he was quite young; and so he had left the world and gone to Barnsbury, an almost mythical region lying between Pentonville and the Caledonian Road. Here, in the most retired street of that retired quarter, he occupied two rooms on the ground floor of a big, mouldy house, standing apart from the street and sheltered by gaunt grown trees and ancient shrubs; and just beside the dim and dusty window of the sitting-room a laburnum had cast a green stain on the decaying wall. The laburnum had grown wild, like all the trees and shrubs, and some of its black, straggling boughs brushed the pane, and of dark, windy nights while we sat together and talked of art and life we would be startled by the sudden violence with which those branches beat angrily upon the glass.

Report of Her Majesty s Commissioners appointed to inquire into the Revenues and Management of certain Colleges and Schools and the Studies pursued and Instruction given therein with an Appendix and Evidence

  • Filename: report-of-her-majesty-s-commissioners-appointed-to-inquire-into-the-revenues-and-management-of-certain-colleges-and-schools-and-the-studies-pursued-and-instruction-given-therein-with-an-appendix-and-evidence.
  • ISBN: BSB:BSB10633302
  • Release Date: 1864
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Comparing Political Regimes

  • Filename: comparing-political-regimes.
  • ISBN: 1442600128
  • Release Date: 2009
  • Number of pages: 347
  • Author: Alan Siaroff
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press

"Instead of the typical disparate mixture of themes and/or countries, Siaroff offers a unified analysis. The text is clear, thoughtful and well-written, and contains a wealth of data including excellent original tables and figures." - Peter Kingstone, University of Connecticut

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