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The Crown and Accountability for the Armed Forces

Peter Rowe

in The Nature of the Crown

Published in print June 1999 | ISBN: 9780198262732
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682407 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262732.003.0010
The Crown and Accountability for the Armed Forces

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This chapter examines the Crown's accountability for the armed forces in Great Britain. It points out that the Crown, in relation to the armed forces, must have more importance than the government because serving officers swear allegiance to the sovereign. It explains that the disposition of the armed forces is a matter of the royal prerogative exercisable by the Crown and that the disposition of the forces is non-justiciable be it under prerogative of statute.

Keywords: armed forces; government accountability; allegiance; royal prerogative; statute

Chapter.  8027 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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