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- the collective and individual responsibility of the executive to an elected legislature, from which they are drawn;
- a ceremonial head of state whose functions are distinct from those of the head of government;
- a judiciary that is independent of the executive and the legislature.
It is so named because the premises of the United Kingdom Parliament are in London's Palace of Westminster.
- WT Stanbury: "Accountability to Citizens in the Westminster Model of Government", Fraser Institute 2003