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Title: The separation of powers, and the Australian Electoral Commission
Contributor(s): Page, James S  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2014-12-08
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: The separation of powers is one of the central doctrines of contemporary representative democracy. The doctrine owes much to the influence of French philosopher Montesquieu, and particularly his 1748 work The Spirit of the Laws. Montesquieu therein outlined the principle that the best form of government is where no person needs to be afraid of another, and the way to do this, according to Montesquieu, was a separation of the powers of government, between the legislature, the executive, and the judiciary. This was an essential safeguard against despotism, and a way to undergird the liberty upon which democracy relies.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: On Line Opinion, p. 1-2
Publisher: Internet Thinking Pty Ltd
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1442-8458
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 180108 Constitutional Law
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 480702 Constitutional law
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 230299 Government and politics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Category Description: C3 Non-Refereed Article in a Professional Journal
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