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The Crown and Constitutional Reform

ISBN 9780367511647
Published July 30, 2020 by Routledge
154 Pages

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Book Description

The Crown and Constitutional Reform is an innovative, interdisciplinary exchange between experts in law, anthropology and politics about the Crown, constitutional monarchy and the potential for constitutional reform in Commonwealth common law countries.

The constitutional foundation of many Commonwealth countries is the Crown, an icon of ultimate authority, at once familiar yet curiously enigmatic. Is it a conceptual placeholder for the state, a symbol of sovereignty or does its ambiguity make it a shapeshifter, a legal fiction that can be deployed as an expedient mask for executive power and convenient instrument for undermining democratic accountability? This volume offers a novel, interdisciplinary exchange: the contributors analyse how the Crown operates in the United Kingdom and the postcolonial settler societies of Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. In doing so, they examine fundamental theoretical questions about statehood, sovereignty, constitutionalism and postcolonial reconciliation. As Queen Elizabeth II’s long reign approaches its end, questions about the Crown’s future, its changing forms and meanings, the continuing value of constitutional monarchy and its potential for reform, gain fresh urgency.

The chapters in this book were originally published in a special issue of The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs.

Table of Contents


Introduction: The Crown and Constitutional Reform

Cris Shore, Sally Raudon & David V. Williams

1. The Crown as Proxy for the State? Opening up the Black Box of Constitutional Monarchy

Cris Shore

2. From Bagehot to Brexit: The Monarch’s Rights to be Consulted, to Encourage and to Warn

Anne Twomey

3. Will New Zealand Inevitably Become a Republic, ‘Just as Britain Will Be Blurred into Europe’?

Jai Patel

4. The Supreme Court and the Miller Case: More Reasons Why the UK Needs a Written Constitution

Sebastian Payne

5. Royal Succession and the Constitutional Politics of the Canadian Crown, 1936–2013

Philippe Lagassé

6. Locating the Crown in Australian Social Life

Sally Raudon

7. The Many Faces of the Crown and the Implications for the Future of the New Zealand Constitution

Janet McLean

8. The ‘Unsettledness’ of Treaty Claim Settlements

Margaret Kawharu

9. The Crown: Is It Still ‘White’ and ‘English-Speaking’?

Morgan Godfery

10. From Loyal Dominion to New Republic: Which Realm Will Get There First?

David V. Williams

11. When the Queen is Dead

Keith Locke

12. The Queen is Dead! Long Live the President?

Matthew Hooton

13. Reflections of the 19th Governor-General of New Zealand

Anand Satyanand

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Professor Cris Shore is Professor of Social Anthropology and Head of Department, Goldsmiths University of London, UK.

Sally Raudon is doctoral candidate in social anthropology at the University of Cambridge, UK.

Professor Emeritus David V Williams is Research Fellow at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.