Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies

Viceregalism

The Crown as Head of State in Political Crises in the Postwar Commonwealth

Editors: Kumarasingham, H. (Ed.)

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  • Explores the role and powers of the Crown during political crises in both the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth
  • Chapters cover a range of states from almost every continent, united by their shared legacy of British colonialism and monarchical intervention in local politics
  • Contributes to growing debate about the meanings and implications of the royal prerogative, highlighting the relevance of this historical research to crises of government in modern politics
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This book examines how the Crown has performed as Head of State across the UK and post war Commonwealth during times of political crisis. It explores the little-known relationships, powers and imperial legacies regarding modern heads of state in parliamentary regimes where so many decisions occur without parliamentary or public scrutiny. This original study highlights how the Queen’s position has been replicated across continents with surprising results. It also shows the topicality and contemporary relevance of this historical research to interpret and understand crises of governance and the enduring legacy of monarchy and colonialism to modern politics. This collection uniquely brings together a diverse set of states including specific chapters on England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Brunei, Ghana, Nigeria, Zimbabwe/Rhodesia, Australia, Tuvalu, and the Commonwealth Caribbean. Viceregalism is written and conceptualised to remind that the Crown is not just a ceremonial part of the constitution, but a crucial political and international actor of real importance.

About the authors

H. Kumarasingham is Senior Lecturer in British Politics at the University of Edinburgh, UK. He is a political historian of Britain, the British Empire and the Commonwealth. His recent work covers the decolonization of the British Empire and subsequent state-building that followed. He is currently writing a history of the Crown’s legacy in South Asia and co-editing The Cambridge Constitutional History of the United Kingdom. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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"Viceregalism is a powerful contribution towards understanding the constitutions both of Britain and the countries of the Commonwealth, a remarkable if under-studied trans-national institution. The book brings together an impressive range of scholars who have produced essays of very high quality, essays which are both impressive and readable." (Vernon Bogdanor, Professor of Government, King's College London)
"This excellent collection of essays by leading contemporary historians sheds important new light on the national and international role of the Crown in the twentieth century politics. It will be a revelation to those who imagine that monarchy has been of purely ceremonial significance in the modern era. It provides valuable discussions of the influence exerted by representatives of the Crown in some current and former Commonwealth Realms and their involvement in the process of decolonisation. But it also explores the part Viceregal representatives and the monarch herself played in the politics of the British isles, and provides a reminder that the powers the Queen still retains are both significant and controversial." (Philip Murphy, Director, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Viceregalism
Book Subtitle
The Crown as Head of State in Political Crises in the Postwar Commonwealth
Editors
  • H. Kumarasingham
Series Title
Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-46283-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-46283-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-46282-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-46285-7
Series ISSN
2635-1633
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 373
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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