One Vote, One Value v. The Parliamentary Tradition—The Federal Experience

Anthony Sir Mason

in The Golden Metwand and the Crooked Cord

Published in print February 1998 | ISBN: 9780198264699
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682766 | DOI:
One Vote, One Value v. The Parliamentary Tradition—The Federal Experience

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Sir William Wade has been the leading modern exponent of the doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty at a time when the doctrine has come under increasing challenge. In a publication designed to commemorate Sir William's remarkable contribution to the development and understanding of public law, it is opportune to take account of how, in the old-established federal systems in the United States, Canada and Australia, restrictions, albeit limited in Canada and Australia, have developed to limit the power of legislatures to deal with voting power. This chapter discusses the interpretation which has been given to the provisions relating to voting in the three federal constitutions and the part which the parliamentary tradition has played in the evolution of the interpretation that has been accepted in Australia and Canada.

Keywords: administrative law; Sir William Wade; federal systems; voting; federal constitution; United States; Canada; Australia

Chapter.  8393 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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