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The Appointment of a Prime Minister

Vernon Bogdanor

in The Monarchy and the Constitution

Published in print November 1997 | ISBN: 9780198293347
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598821 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198293348.003.0004
The Appointment of a Prime Minister

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Normally, in a first past the post‐electoral system in which majority single‐party government is the rule, the sovereign has no choice as to who to call to the Palace. But, in cases of emergency—war or economic crisis, as in 1931—the sovereign may enjoy discretion. In such circumstances, it may be necessary to create a coalition government, as in 1915, 1916, 1931, or 1940, and the sovereign's role may then be crucial. The danger is that, in using his or her discretion, the sovereign's actions may appear partisan, and the sovereign's actions will then be labelled `unconstitutional’.

Keywords: coalition government; constitution; constitutional monarchy; discretion; electoral systems; emergencies; Prime Minister; proportional representation

Chapter.  11866 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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