The Extent of the Powers of Ceremonial Heads of State: An Overview of their De Jure Powers and Judicial Interpretation of the Same

  • Aneesh Khare
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  • Aneesh Khare

    Student at MIT WPU School of Law, Pune, India

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The Westminster style of parliamentary form of democracy divides the executive power into two distinct offices one being the Head of State and the other being the Head of the Government. The unique balance between these offices coupled with, the other state organs are responsible for the running of the State. Yet whilst, people are usually aware about the duties, powers, and other privileges of their Heads of Governments, the same cannot be said about the Heads of State. Although considered to be largely ceremonial the statutory roles, powers, and the judicial interpretations of such powers differ from country to country. This research paper aims to shed light on this very aspect with respect to the UK, India, and Australia.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 6, Page 1364 -1378


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