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The Monarchy and the Constitution$
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Vernon Bogdanor

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198293347

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198293348.001.0001

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The Appointment of a Prime Minister

The Appointment of a Prime Minister

(p.84) 4 The Appointment of a Prime Minister
The Monarchy and the Constitution

Vernon Bogdanor (Contributor Webpage)

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Normally, in a first past the post‐electoral system in which majority single‐party government is the rule, the sovereign has no choice as to who to call to the Palace. But, in cases of emergency—war or economic crisis, as in 1931—the sovereign may enjoy discretion. In such circumstances, it may be necessary to create a coalition government, as in 1915, 1916, 1931, or 1940, and the sovereign's role may then be crucial. The danger is that, in using his or her discretion, the sovereign's actions may appear partisan, and the sovereign's actions will then be labelled `unconstitutional’.

Keywords:   coalition government, constitution, constitutional monarchy, discretion, electoral systems, emergencies, Prime Minister, proportional representation

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