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Surpassing the Sovereign StateThe Wealth, Self-Rule, and Security Advantages of Partially Independent Territories$
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David A. Rezvani

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199688494

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199688494.001.0001

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Civil Order through Conventional Rules in the British Context

Civil Order through Conventional Rules in the British Context

The British Dominions and Northern Ireland

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Surpassing the Sovereign State
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David A. Rezvani

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199688494.003.0004

Chapter 4 examines the events and constitutional features which led to the emergence of the British Dominions, which are among the world’s first partially independent territories (PITs) and set the stage for many other PITs around the world. The chapter discusses the birth of these arrangements in response to violent revolutionary events of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in North America, Britain’s rejection of imperial federation, the use of constitutional convention as an entrenchment mechanism, and the UK’s record of upholding its constitutional commitments to PITs. The chapter also refutes some instances where British constitutional commitments to the Dominions and Northern Ireland have been challenged by critics. It argues that there are instances in which core state intervention is not only justifiable, but also is an important advantage of PITs that fully independent states do not possess to prevent extra constitutional violence and the violation of democratic principles.

Keywords:   counter equilibrium events, British Dominions, Northern Ireland, conventions, the Queen, Canada, emergency powers, constitutional guardian

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