Administrative Power: Organization and Accountability

Norman Doe

in The Legal Framework of the Church of England

Published in print July 1996 | ISBN: 9780198262206
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682315 | DOI:
Administrative Power: Organization and Accountability

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Outside the processes of legislation and adjudication, the general activities of the Church of England's structures of synodical government might be classified as administrative. The administrative business of implementing church law, of discussing, formulating, and executing policies which have not been given a legal expression, the management of property, and the administration of liturgical matters are carried on by a host of ecclesiastical institutions and persons. This chapter examines the administrative organization of the Church of England in terms of its institutions, the functions of central and local bodies exercising executive power, arrangements for delegation, and provisions to facilitate control. It analyses traditional modes of accountability, through visitatorial powers, complaints systems, and judicial review, as well as the degree to which church structures are characterized by a principle of open government. As a constitutional fundamental, each body must exercise its administrative powers according to law, within the legal authority committed to it. Many of the administrative models operative in the Church of England find no direct parallel in Roman Catholic Church canon law.

Keywords: Church of England; Roman Catholic Church; accountability; open government; visitatorial powers; administrative powers; judicial review; complaints systems; delegation; administrative organisation

Chapter.  23624 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Law

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