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The Nature of the Crown - A Legal and Political Analysis [Hardcover]

Maurice Sunkin , Sebastian Payne
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24 Jun 1999 0198262736 978-0198262732
This book explores the nature of the Crown in its legal and political context. Here the term The Crown is being used, not as a direct reference to the Queen but, as a reference to the central power of the State which exercises legal and political authority. It is a surprising fact that the nature of the Crown has not been the object of extensive literature with pride of place on constitutional law courses. The nature of the Crown has been taken for granted, in part because it is so fundamental and in part because many academics have no idea what the term The Crown amounts to. This book aims to redress this state of affairs by drawing together in one book a collection of essays that explores what the Crown is, or might be, and the critical issues relating to it.

The Crown refers to the authority of Government and the very entity of Government. All the people going about the Governments business, Ministers of the Crown and civil servants do so under the cloak of the Crown with its powers and immunities. The idea of democracy may appear central to our political arrangements but the legal facts are that the Crown subsists not merely as the power: it is the state. If the legal facts of our political arrangements clash with our individual beliefs about democracy then that clash is of the highest importance.

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  • Hardcover: 396 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (24 Jun 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198262736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198262732
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 15.4 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,804,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This study of 'the Crown' is major, accurate and exhaustive. It is a credit to the Oxford University Press. The leading academic constitutional lawyers of our time have each contributed to a chapter looking at the theory of 'the Crown' historically, philosophically and legally. Their collective learning is immense, and is deployed without pity. (Contemporary Review, January 2000)

This is a refreshing book, which grapples with basic priciples and presents a wide range of reflections about the nature of the Crown... will help to clarify our understanding of the place of the Crown in the modern system of government. (Colin Turpin, The Cambridge Law Journal)

About the Author

Professor Maurice Sunkin is Professor of Law and Head of Department in the Faculty of Law at the University of Essex Mr Sebastian Payne is Senior lecturer in law at the University of Westminster.

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4.0 out of 5 stars very easy to read and clear cut 16 Nov 2001
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it is based solely on the crown and all that the crown entails, this is a well written book and has clear and informaative views and gives a clear picture of what and whom the crown and the nature of as the title suggests. it is written by university lectures of kent. they have no protence of grandure just informative facts.
well worth the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for essays/ dissertations. 30 Mar 2008
I used this for a legal dissertation but it is extremely informative on many aspects of the monarchy. In addition, it is an authorative and exhaustive text.
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