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The constitution of a federal commonwealth : the making and meaning of the Australian constitution / Nicholas Aroney
Bib ID 4585167
Format BookBook
Author
Aroney, Nicholas
 
Description Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2009 
xix, 426 p. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 9780521716895
0521716896
9780521888646
0521888646
Summary

"By analysing original sources and evaluating conceptual frameworks, Nicholas Aroney discusses the idea proclaimed in the Preamble to the Constitution that Australia is a federal commonwealth. Taking careful account of the influence which the American, Canadian and Swiss Constitutions had upon the framers of the Australian Constitution, the author shows how the framers wrestled with the problem of integrating federal ideas with inherited British traditions and their own experiences of parliamentary government. In so doing, the book explains how the Constitution came into being in the context of the groundswell of federal ideas then sweeping the English-speaking world.

In advancing an original argument about the relationship between the formation of the Constitution, the representative institutions, configurations of power and amending formulas contained therein, fresh light is shed on the terms and structure of the Constitution and a range of problems associated with its interpretation and practical operation are addressed."--BOOK JACKET.

Full contents
  • Introduction: Australia as a federal commonwealth
  • Pt. I. Federalism
  • 1. Conceptualising federalism
  • 2. Reframing the analysis
  • Pt. II. Federating Australia
  • 3. Models and Sources
  • 4. Australian appropriations
  • 5. Constitutional foundations
  • Pt. III. Australian federation
  • 7. Principles of representation
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 389-410) and index.

Subjects Federal government - Australia - History.  |  Constitutional history - Australia.  |  Australia - Politics and government.

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