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The Shapeshifting Crown: Locating the State in Postcolonial New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the UK

Shore, Cris and Williams, David V., eds. 2019. The Shapeshifting Crown: Locating the State in Postcolonial New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the UK. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781108496469 [Edited Book]

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Abstract or Description

The Crown stands at the heart of the New Zealand, British, Australian and Canadian constitutions as the ultimate source of legal authority and embodiment of state power. A familiar icon of the Westminster model of government, it is also an enigma. Even constitutional experts struggle to define its attributes and boundaries: who or what is the Crown and how is it embodied? Is it the Queen, the state, the government, a corporation sole or aggregate, a relic of feudal England, a metaphor, or a mask for the operation of executive power? How are its powers exercised? How have the Crowns of different Commonwealth countries developed? The Shapeshifting Crown combines legal and anthropological perspectives to provide novel insights into the Crown's changing nature and its multiple, ambiguous and contradictory meanings. It sheds new light onto the development of the state in postcolonial societies and constitutional monarchy as a cultural system.

Item Type:

Edited Book

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108677738

Keywords:

Politics and International Relations, Political Theory, Constitutional and Administrative Law, Law

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Anthropology

Date:

13 January 2019

Item ID:

25785

Date Deposited:

08 Feb 2019 14:36

Last Modified:

08 Feb 2019 14:36

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/25785

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