1st Edition

The Crown and Constitutional Reform

Edited By Cris Shore, Sally Raudon, David V Williams Copyright 2021
    154 Pages
    by Routledge

    154 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


    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.