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The Nature of the Crown: A Legal and Political Analysis

Maurice Sunkin and Sebastian Payne


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 ... More

Keywords: Crown, Queen, central power, State, authority, law, government, ministers, civil servants

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198262732
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262732.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maurice Sunkin, editor
University of Essex

Sebastian Payne, editor
University of Westminster