The Electorate and the Legislature by Sir Spencer WalpoleThe Electorate and the Legislature by Sir Spencer Walpole

The Electorate and the Legislature

bySir Spencer Walpole

Paperback | February 4, 2012

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 100 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store

Out of stock online

Not available in stores


This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. PREROGATIVE AND PRIVILEGE. The student of constitutional history who examines the relations between the Crown and the Parliament continually meets with two words--prerogative and privilege. In modern history, at any rate, he finds the former universally applied to the power inherent in the Crown, the latter with few exceptions used to express the rights of the legislature. Yet, if the historical student will turn from his Stubbs, his Hallam, or his May, to any dictionary, he will find that the words, notwithstanding the distinctive sense which they have acquired, were originally interchangeable. Privilege, says Johnson, is a peculiar advantage; prerogative is an exclusive or peculiar privilege. The relations of the Crown with the legislature are very simple. The Crown summons Parliament; it prorogues Parliament; it dissolves Parliament. In the earlier times the Crown was compelled to summon Parliament "once a year, or more often if need be." Since the reign of Charles II. it has been bound to issue writs for the summoning of a new Parliament within three years after the determination of an old one. These laws, however, are practically obsolete. For nearly two centuries the legislature has effectually provided for its own convention by making government without its assistance impracticable. If a Parliament were not convened, the army would be disbanded and the machinery of government would stand still with the stoppage of the annual supplies. In theory, however, the Crown has the right to decide when a Parliament shall meet; it is also its prerogative to appoint the place at which it shall be held. The new Parliament is always opened by a speech delivered either by the Crown itself or by commissioners appointed by the Crown, detailing the measur...
Title:The Electorate and the LegislatureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:46 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217948081

ISBN - 13:9780217948081