Office of Academic Resources
Chulalongkorn University
Chulalongkorn University

Home / Help

TitleBritain’s War Powers [electronic resource] : The Fall and Rise of Executive Authority? / by Tara McCormack
ImprintCham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Palgrave Pivot, 2019
Connect to
Descript V, 130 p. 1 illus. online resource


This book provides a state of the art discussion of the royal prerogative over war powers in the UK. This issue has received particular attention over proposed military strikes against the Syrian regime and it was claimed by many observers and scholars that parliament now controls decisions in war. However, the record has been mixed– and the most recent decision by Prime Minister May on Syria in 2018 shows that the executive can re-assert prerogative powers and effectively sidestep parliament. The author argues that these dynamics should be seen in the context of the declining authority of the executive and the legislature and in terms of a policy solution, and ultimately she suggests a War Powers Act as a firmer foundation for Britain’s war powers. Tara McCormack is Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Leicester, UK


1. Chapter One: Introduction -- 2. Chapter Two: The problem of the Royal Prerogative; executive authority in an age of decreasing trust -- 3. Chapter Three: The rise of the Parliamentary Convention on authorising war; a done deal or an uncertain political agreement? -- 4. Chapter Four: Syria and the Return of the Royal Prerogative? -- 5. Chapter Five: British war powers in context and conclusion

Great Britain-Politics and gover Security International Peace International relations British Politics. International Security Studies. Conflict Studies. Foreign Policy.


Office of Academic Resources, Chulalongkorn University, Phayathai Rd. Pathumwan Bangkok 10330 Thailand

Contact Us

Tel. 0-2218-2929,
0-2218-2927 (Library Service)
0-2218-2903 (Administrative Division)
Fax. 0-2215-3617, 0-2218-2907

Social Network


facebook   instragram