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In 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 Details

ISBN: 9780198277699
ISBN-10: 0198277695
Format: Hardback
(241mm x 162mm x 24mm)
Pages: 340
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 9-Nov-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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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