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Presidential Discretion

Debtoru Chatterjee


Despite donning a constitutional mantle that essentially binds a president to accept cabinet advice in exercising all the powers formally bestowed by the Constitution, the president of India can, in extraordinary circumstances, exercise discretion in the choice of a prime minister, acceptance of cabinet advice, dismissal of a government, and dissolution of Parliament, among other such privileges. This book examines the scope and limitations of these discretionary powers through various examples from India, Britain, and the Commonwealth. The volume draws on biographical material of Indian presi ... More

Keywords: president, Constitution, advice, prime minister, dissolution, dismissal, choice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199466566
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199466566.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Debtoru Chatterjee, author
Senior Civil Servant working with the Government of India