The Role of Monarchy in Modern Democracy: European Monarchies Compared
ISBN: 1509931015
EAN13: 9781509931019
Language: English
Pages: 272
Dimensions: 1" H x 9.61" L x 6.65" W
Weight: 1.737243 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

How much power does a monarch really have? How much autonomy do they enjoy? Who regulates the size of the royal family, their finances, the rules of succession? These are some of the questions considered in this edited collection on the monarchies of Europe.

The book is written by experts from Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK. It considers the constitutional and political role of monarchy, its powers and functions, how it is defined and regulated, the laws of succession and royal finances, relations with the media and the popularity of the monarchy.

No new political theory on this topic has been developed since Bagehot wrote about the monarchy in The English Constitution (1867). The same is true of the other European monarchies. 150 years on, with their formal powers greatly reduced, how has this ancient, hereditary institution managed to survive and what is a modern monarch's role? What theory can be derived about the role of monarchy in advanced democracies, and what lessons can the different European monarchies learn from each other?

The public look to the monarchy to represent continuity, stability and tradition, but also want it to be modern, to reflect modern values and be a focus for national identity. The whole institution is shot through with contradictions, myths and misunderstandings. This book Read More chevron_right

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   A comprehensive summary
This book will answer any questions you might have had about the UK monarchy in comparison to similar monarchies in Europe. A clearly defined picture of the monarchy in a democratic and delimited context. A good successor to Bagehot.
 
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   Best book on monarchy
This is not a boring book. Experts from abroad contribute to sections. It is up to date by including references to the Supreme Court.
 
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