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Vol 22 No 5 May/June 2017

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Arlidge, Eady & Smith on Contempt

Edited by: Patricia Londono, David Eady, A.T.H. Smith, Rt. Hon Lord Eassie
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Crown Powers, Subjects and Citizens

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ISBN13: 9781855674547
ISBN: 1855674548
Published: April 1998
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print



Crucial decisions are often made under the royal prerogative in relation to defence, foreign policy, immigration, the secret services and the management of the Civil Service without prior Parliamentary approval, adequate political accountability or effective judicial review. On this basis, ministers withhold passports, override statutes and legislate in the Council of Ministers of the European Community.;This text examines the historical development and the legal and political scope of prerogative powers and Crown immunities as they affect the exercise of rights by citizens and non-citizens. It traces the changing relationship between individual and state, from subjecthood and allegiance to the Crown in a secretive state, to participating in legal and political citizenship in an open society and a widening British and European context. It addresses issues of key importance in the current constitutional debate about political and legal accountability, citizenship and human rights.

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Contents:
Prerogative powers and the Constitution; the judicial review of prerogative powers; the monarchy; freedom of movement; national defence and the security services; foreign policy; the civil service; the crown and the courts; miscellaneous prerogative powers; the myth of parliamentary accountability and control; from subjecthood to citizenship.