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Ministerial responsibility
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Ministerial responsibility means the responsibility of ministers for their special function as both an organ of government (council of ministers) and heads of functional departments (ministry), over and above their general responsibility under criminal and private law. Ministerial responsibility is one of the essential features of constitutional (Constitutionalism) and parliamentary polity (Constitution). It is rooted in the fundamental idea of the exercise of state authority in a specific way set forth in the constitution, with a parliament playing a central role. …

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Brauneder, Wilhelm, “Ministerial responsibility”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_024141>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128

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