The State, the Crown and the Law

Martin Loughlin

in The Nature of the Crown

Published in print June 1999 | ISBN: 9780198262732
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682407 | DOI:
The State, the Crown and the Law

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This chapter looks at the historical relationship between the Crown, the State, and the law in Great Britain. It expresses a deep disapproval on the continued influence of ancient notions of the Crown and the consequent failure of English law to develop a coherent concept of the modern State. It argues that modern constitutional scholars have grossly distorted history with their emphasis on Parliamentary sovereignty and suggests that the sovereignty of the State is more accurately represented as the sovereign authority of the Crown acting through Parliament.

Keywords: the State; English law; Parliamentary sovereignty

Chapter.  23272 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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