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The Veiled Sceptre
Reserve Powers of Heads of State in Westminster Systems

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Constitutional Law

  • Date Published: April 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107056787

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  • This book is a comprehensive review and analysis of the reserve powers and their exercise by heads of state in countries that have Westminster systems. It addresses the powers of the Queen in the United Kingdom, those of her vice-regal representatives, and those of heads of state in the less studied realms and former colonies that are now republics. Drawing on a vast range of previously unpublished archival and primary material, The Veiled Sceptre contains fresh perspectives on old controversies. It also reveals constitutional crises in small countries, which have escaped the notice of most scholars. This book places the exercises of reserve powers within the context of constitutional principle and analyses how heads of state should act when constitutional principles conflict. Providing an unrivalled contemporary analysis of reserve powers, it will appeal to constitutional scholars worldwide and others involved in the administration of systems of responsible government.

    • Provides a comprehensive review and analysis of reserve powers
    • Draws on a range of previously unpublished archival and primary material
    • Presents an unrivalled contemporary analysis
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107056787
    • length: 808 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 159 x 51 mm
    • weight: 1.43kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Prerogative and reserve powers
    2. Advice to and from the head of state
    3. Appointment of the chief minister
    4. Dismissal of governments
    5. Dissolution
    6. Caretaker conventions
    7. Summoning parliament
    8. Prorogation
    9. Royal assent
    10. The rejection of advice to act illegally or unconstitutionally
    11. Appointment and dismissal of vice-regal officers.

  • Author

    Anne Twomey, University of Sydney
    Anne Twomey is a Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Sydney, Australia. She has previously worked for the High Court of Australia, the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia, the Australian Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee and the Cabinet Office of New South Wales. She continues to advise governments, intergovernmental bodies and vice-regal representatives about constitutional matters, particularly in the fields of federalism, executive power and the Crown.

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