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Monarchs

Iain Mclean

in What's Wrong with the British Constitution?

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780199546954
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191720031 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546954.003.0013
Monarchs

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Purpose of a head of state. Executive and non‐executive heads of state in some democratic constitutions. Australian constitutional crisis 1975. Sir David Smith fails to wake the Queen's Private Secretary. Argument for monarchy: certainty. Arguments against: democracy; quality of head of state. The Hanoverian dynasty as UK heads of state. How to elect a head of state?. What would happen to the Royal Prerogative in a democracy. The George V—Asquith exchange of letters in autumn 1913.

Keywords: head of state; Monarchy; Australian constitutional crisis; Kerr, Sir John; Whitlam, E. Gough; Fraser, Malcolm; Primogeniture; Hanoverian dynasty; Condorcet rule; Royal Prerogative; George V. Asquith, H. H

Chapter.  15271 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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