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Responsible government

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What is responsible government?

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Heritage Minutes: Responsible Government

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What is RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT? What does RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT mean?

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Responsible Government.

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Responsible Government

Responsible government is a conception of a system of government that embodies the principle of parliamentary accountability, the foundation of the Westminster system of parliamentary democracy. Governments in Westminster democracies are responsible to parliament rather than to the monarch, or, in a colonial context, to the imperial government, and in a republican context, to the president, either in full or in part. If the parliament is bicameral, then the government is responsible first to the parliament's lower house, which is more representative than the upper house, as it has more members and they are always directly elected.
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  • Canada 

  • Australia and New Zealand 

  • Cape Colony 

  • Former British colonies with responsible government 

  • In German history