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Definition of Responsible government

Responsible government Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
Glossary of Parliamentary Procedure
The principle that ministers are collectively responsible to the House for the actions of the Government. The legislative branch of government thus exercises control over the executive.

Compare: Cabinet solidarity; ministerial responsibility.
Under the authority of the Clerk of the House of Commons
Responsible government Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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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 (the equivalent of the executive branch) in Westminster democracies are responsible to parliament rather than to the monarch, or, in a colonial context, to the imperial government. If the parliament is bicameral, then the government is responsible first to the parliament's lower house, which is more numerous, directly elected and thus more representative than the upper house. Responsible government of parliamentary accountability manifests itself in several ways. Ministers account to Parliament for their decisions and for the performance of their departments. This requirement to make announcements and to answer questions in Parliament means that ministers have to have the privileges of the "floor" which are only granted to those who are members of either house of Parliament. Secondly, and most importantly, although ministers are officially appointed by the sovereign authority of the head of state and can theoretically be dismissed at the pleasure of the sovereign, they concurrently retain their office subject to their holding the confidence of the lower house of Parliament. Should confidence in them be lost (as individuals or as a Government in power); when the lower house has passed a motion of no confidence in the government, the government must immediately resign or submit itself to the electorate in a new general election.

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