The Invisible Crown: The First Principle of Canadian Government
The Crown is not only Canada’s oldest continuing political institution, but also its most pervasive, affecting the operation of Parliament and the legislatures, the executive, the bureaucracy, the courts, and federalism. However, many consider the Crown to be obscure and anachronistic. David E. Smith’s The Invisible Crown was one of the first books to study the role of the Crown in Canada, and remains a significant resource for the unique perspective it offers on the Crown’s place in politics.
The Invisible Crown traces Canada’s distinctive form of federalism, with highly autonomous provinces, to the Crown’s influence. Smith concludes that the Crown has greatly affected the development of Canadian politics due to the country’s societal, geographic, and economic conditions. Praised by the Globe and Mail’s Michael Valpy as “a thoroughly lucid, scholarly explanation of how the Canadian constitutional monarchy works,” it is bolstered by a new foreword by the author speaking to recent events involving the Crown and Canadian politics, notably the prorogation of Parliament in 2008.
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- Page Count: 290 pages
- Dimensions: 6.2in x 0.8in x 9.1in
Reviews‘For a thoroughly lucid, scholarly explanation of how the Canadian constitutional monarchy works, read University of Saskatchewan political scientist David Smith’s book The Invisible Crown: The First Principle of Canadian Government.’
The Globe and Mail
‘The author successfully conveys his basic point that the formal powers of the Crown are immense and the monarchy continues to enhance the supremacy of the executive over the other branches of government. Readers are offered a fresh perspective on issues such as Supreme Court advisory opinions, royal commissions, special warrants and appointments.’
Canadian Journal of Political Science
David E. Smith, FRSC, is the author of Federalism and the Constitution of Canada, The People’s House of Commons, and many books on Canadian politics. He is currently Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University.
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