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Democracy's Privileged FewLegislative Privilege and Democratic Norms in the British and American Constitutions$
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Josh Chafetz

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780300113259

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300113259.001.0001

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Disputed Parliamentary Elections

Disputed Parliamentary Elections

(p.144) 7 Disputed Parliamentary Elections
Democracy's Privileged Few

Josh Chafetz

Yale University Press

This chapter examines how the House of Commons has resolved disputed parliamentary elections as well as disputes over the qualifications of elected Members. It also considers how and why the House surrendered that role to the courts in the late nineteenth century. The Blackstonian model holds that the House of Commons must be the sole judge of disputed elections, on the grounds that allowing the intervention of any outside body would present a grave threat to the independence of the House and thus to the democratic element of the Constitution that it represents. The Millian model, on the other hand, sees as a greater threat the potential for corruption and self-dealing that arises when the House is allowed to be the sole judge of who has been duly elected to it.

Keywords:   House of Commons, election disputes, parliamentary elections, Blackstonian model, Millian model

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