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Constituting ScotlandThe Scottish National Movement and the Westminster Model$
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W. Elliot Bulmer

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780748697595

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748697595.001.0001

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2002 Draft II: Head of State and the Executive Branch

2002 Draft II: Head of State and the Executive Branch

(p.139) Chapter 6 2002 Draft II: Head of State and the Executive Branch
Constituting Scotland

W. Elliot Bulmer

Edinburgh University Press

This, the second of three central chapters examining the SNP’s 2002 constitutional text, focuses on the roles and powers of the head of state, the government and the executive branch. It discusses the position of the monarchy in an independent Scotland, both in terms of its symbolic-ceremonial function and its constitutional powers, as well as examining the relationships between the prime minister, cabinet, and Parliament, in the proposed constitutional draft. A number of problems are identified, including inconsistencies and ambiguities surrounding the government formation process and reserve powers of the monarch in relation to government formation and the refusal of royal assent.

Keywords:   Head of State, Monarchy, Executive, Government Formation, Constitutional Conventions, Royal Assent

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