5.1.1 The Royal Prerogative - Inroduction


Welcome to the fifth topic in this module guide - The Royal Prerogative! An important aspect of the UK constitutional history is the relationship between the monarch and Parliament. Prerogative powers are created in common law and are thus not codified in any form. The powers of the monarch are limited; however, this is not the case in all instances.

At the end of this section, you should be comfortable with the concept of the Royal prerogative and what it is. You will also be able to identify various examples of the Royal prerogative powers. You should be able to refer to and distinguish between personal prerogative powers and political prerogative powers.

This section begins by discussing the history of the Royal prerogative. It then proceeds to identify what the Royal prerogative is and gives detailed examples of prerogative powers. The section then goes on to look at the relationship between Royal prerogative powers and the Executive and also the courts. There is then a discussion of the Royal prerogative powers and the need for reform.

Finally, the section discusses recommendations for a more comprehensive approach to the whole set of royal prerogative powers.

Goals for this section:

  • To understand what is the Royal prerogative.
  • To appreciate the different kinds of prerogative powers how this applies to the UK Government.

Objectives for this section:

  • To be able to define the Royal prerogative.
  • To understand the limitations of the Royal prerogative powers.
  • To be able to evaluate the relationship between the Royal prerogative powers and the Executive and the Courts.

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