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The Nature of the CrownA Legal and Political Analysis$
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Maurice Sunkin and Sebastian Payne

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198262732

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262732.001.0001

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The Crown and the Changing Nature of Government

The Crown and the Changing Nature of Government

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The Nature of the Crown

Mark Freedland

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the influence of the Crown on the recent organisational change within the central government in Great Britain. It aims to determine the constitutional context within which understandings of the Crown have evolved in recent years, particularly as a result of the introduction of the Next Steps Programme in the mid 1980s. It describes three features of the modern idea of the Crown, which includes the Crown's theoretical distinctness from the government of the day and the notion that the Crown represents an indivisible unity.

Keywords:   central government, Next Steps Programme, indivisible unity

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