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Question Time or Show Time? Analysing the Value of Question Time as a Parliamentary Accountability Mechanism

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dc.contributor.author Roycroft, Pita
dc.date.accessioned 2019-01-10T03:28:44Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-07-12T02:25:36Z
dc.date.available 2019-01-10T03:28:44Z
dc.date.available 2022-07-12T02:25:36Z
dc.date.copyright 2017
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/20914
dc.description.abstract This paper analyses the value of question time in New Zealand as a parliamentary accountability mechanism. It uses Professor Mark Bovens’ definition of accountability as a social relation to develop a bespoke, criteria-based evaluative framework for assessing question time’s performance. Six aspects of question time are evaluated: supplementary questions, patsy questions, the rule governing the adequacy of replies, the power to transfer responsibility for questions, ministerial responsibility, and media reporting practices. Each of these aspects is found to hinder the House of Representative’s ability to hold Ministers to account in question time. Several recommendations for reform are proposed for each aspect. Unless Members of Parliament and Ministers are willing to implement meaningful change, question time will have little value as a parliamentary accountability mechanism, and the principle of responsible government will be diminished. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Question time en_NZ
dc.subject Accountability en_NZ
dc.subject Parliament en_NZ
dc.subject House of Representatives en_NZ
dc.subject Ministerial responsibility en_NZ
dc.title Question Time or Show Time? Analysing the Value of Question Time as a Parliamentary Accountability Mechanism en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit Victoria Law School en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit Faculty of Law / Te Kauhanganui Tātai Ture en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 160599 Policy and Administration not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 160608 New Zealand Government and Politics en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180103 Administrative Law en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180120 Legal Institutions (incl. Courts and Justice Systems) en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 189999 Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Research Paper or Project en_NZ
thesis.degree.discipline Law en_NZ
thesis.degree.name LL.B. (Honours) en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcforV2 489999 Other law and legal studies not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.school School of Law en_NZ

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