chapter  9
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9.1 Why dispute resolution is important

Government based on principles of liberal democracy endeavours to ensure that the people who govern us do so with our consent (see above, 1.1.2). This implies several things: that the constitutional system permits people to choose their rulers in fair and regular elections; that between elections, rulers and officials working for them allow people to participate in collective decision making; and that laws and executive actions are open to challenge once they have been made. It is with the last of these things that we are now concerned.