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Constitutional and Administrative Law

Constitutional and Administrative Law (11th edn)

Neil Parpworth
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date: 04 December 2023

p. 25112. The royal prerogativelocked

p. 25112. The royal prerogativelocked

  • Neil ParpworthNeil ParpworthAssociate Professor in Law, De Montfort University


This chapter begins by discussing the origins and meaning of the term ‘royal prerogative’. It identifies some examples of prerogative powers and considers how certain personal or reserve powers of the monarch might be exercised in practice. The chapter also explores the relationship between prerogative power and statutes, and focuses on how the courts have dealt with the prerogative. The chapter also discusses the adaptation of prerogative powers, the relationship between the prerogative and the courts, and the courts’ recent willingness to review the exercise of certain prerogative powers. The chapter concludes by looking at several ways in which the prerogative could be reformed.

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