The Monarchy and the Constitution
By (author) Vernon Bogdanor
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Monarchy and the Constitution by Vernon Bogdanor
Book DescriptionIn the increasingly questioning world of the 1990s, the role of the monarchy in a democracy is again coming under scrutiny. Its critics argue that the monarchy is a profoundly conservative institution which serves to inhibit social change; that it has outlived its usefulness; that it symbolizes and reinforces deference and hierachy; and that its radical reform is therefore long overdue. Rejecting these arguments Vernon Bogdanor makes a powerful case for the positive role that monarchy plays in modern democratic politics. Ranging across law, politics, and history he argues that far from undermining democracy, the monarchy sustains and strengthens democratic institutions; that constitutional monarchy is a form of government that ensures not conservatism but legitimacy. The first serious examination of the political role of the monarchy to appear in many years, this book will make fascinating reading for all those interested in the monarchy and the future of British politics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198277699
(241mm x 162mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 9-Nov-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Vernon Bogdanor
Coalition and the Constitution, Hardback (March 2011)
This book analyses the significance of coalition government for Britain and of the momentous constitutional reforms which the coalition is proposing.
From New Jerusalem to New Labour, Hardback (February 2010)
A stellar collection of contributors consider each British post-war Prime Minister and examine how they have dealt with Britain's changing role, domestic and overseas, since the end of WWII. Even at the start of the 21st century, Britain remains in a state of transition, between a world which is dead and one still struggling to be born.
New British Constitution, Paperback (June 2009)
This book is the first to describe and analyse Britain's new constitution, asking why it was that the old system came under challenge.
Joined-Up Government, Paperback (July 2005)» View all books by Vernon Bogdanor
Analyses 'joined-up government', considers its history, and evaluates the consequences for British institutions, such as the Cabinet, the civil service and local authorities. Showing that 'joined-up government' is a key theme of modern government, this volume is useful for those who seek to understand how developments in government affect lives.
UK Kirkus Review » Amid the welter of press speculation, titillation and 'human interest' biographies of the Royal Family, serious discussion about the future role of the monarchy, if any, within the British constitution has, up to now, been sidelined. This interesting book however puts the matter firmly centre stage and provides a valuable and seriously researched account of just what the powers and functions of the modern British constitutional monarch are. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Vernon Bogdanor
A regular contributor to the national press and television, Vernon Bogdanor is Professor of Politics, and Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford.
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