Political Power and Democratic Control in Britain: The Democratic Audit of the United Kingdom


Political Power and Democratic Control in Britain sets out an up-to-date and compelling analysis of the huge and flexible powers of the United Kingdom. It details the absence of effective checks and balances and the inability of Parliament, in particular, to render the executive open and accountable. In doing so, it provides a comprehensive audit of the formal institutions and process of the British liberal democratic state, including: * the prime minister and cabinet * the civil service, ministers, bureaucrats and government departments * executive agencies and the quango state * elections * Parliament * the judiciary and the rule of law. This study measures democratic practice in the United Kingdom specifically against a unique index of democratic criteria, specially constructed by the authors. The index is an important new tool for monitoring the quality of democracy around the world.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Stuart Weir
  • David Beetham
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • London
Publication year:
  • 1999


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