Britain’s War Powers

The Fall and Rise of Executive Authority?

Authors: McCormack, Tara

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  • Provides an up to date account of Britain’s war powers and the central questions of authority and legitimacy
  • Situates the fall and rise of executive authority in the context of the declining legitimacy of the executive and the legislature
  • Strengthens arguments for a more solid footing for Britain’s war powers, for example a War Powers Act
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This book provides a state of the art discussion of the royal prerogative over war powers in the UK. This issue has received particular attention over proposed military strikes against the Syrian regime and it was claimed by many observers and scholars that parliament now controls decisions in war. However, the record has been mixed– and the most recent decision by Prime Minister May on Syria in 2018 shows that the executive can re-assert prerogative powers and effectively sidestep parliament. The author argues that these dynamics should be seen in the context of the declining authority of the executive and the legislature and in terms of a policy solution, and ultimately she suggests a War Powers Act as a firmer foundation for Britain’s war powers.


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Tara McCormack is Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Leicester, UK.


Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • The Executive Strikes Back? The Rise and Fall of Britain’s Parliamentary War Powers

    Pages 1-18

    McCormack, Tara

  • The Problem of the Royal Prerogative; Executive Authority in an Age of Decreasing Trust

    Pages 19-38

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  • The Rise of the Parliamentary Convention on Authorising War; a Done Deal or an Uncertain Political Agreement?

    Pages 39-68

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  • Syria and the Return of the Royal Prerogative?

    Pages 69-91

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  • British War Powers in Context and Conclusion

    Pages 93-113

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Britain’s War Powers
Book Subtitle
The Fall and Rise of Executive Authority?
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-13682-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-13682-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-13681-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
V, 130
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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