Towards an Economics of Comparative Political Organization: Examining Ministerial Responsibility

Posted: 19 Jul 2001

Abstract

This article takes a step towards developing a framework for analyzing comparative constitutional design. It characterizes the Westminster system of constitutional design as analogous to a centralized hierarchical organization preserved intact but subjected to franchise-bidding; whereas the US constitution constructs a framework for spontaneous transactions between broken-up institutions. The article uses this framework to analyze four functions of the Westminster doctrines of ministerial responsibility and compares them to their analogous elements (of lack thereof) in the US constitution. Ministerial responsibility is presented as crucial to constituting the hierarchy of primary agency relationships of the Westminster constitution. The absence of analogous elements in the US reflects the fundamentally different structure of agency relationships in that system of constitutional design.

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Palmer, Matthew S.R., Towards an Economics of Comparative Political Organization: Examining Ministerial Responsibility. JOURNAL OF LAW, ECONOMICS, AND ORGANIZATION, Vol. 11 No. 1, Spring 1995. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=6344

Matthew S.R. Palmer (Contact Author)

High Court of New Zealand ( email )

Auckland, CX10222
New Zealand

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