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The Monarchy and the Constitution$
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Vernon Bogdanor

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198293347

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198293348.001.0001

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The Future of Constitutional Monarchy

The Future of Constitutional Monarchy

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(p.298) 11 The Future of Constitutional Monarchy
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The Monarchy and the Constitution
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DOI:10.1093/0198293348.003.0011

Until 1914, monarchy was the prevalent form of government in Europe. Only three European states—France, Portugal, and Switzerland—were republics. Today, by contrast, there are just eight monarchies in Europe. They comprise, however, some of the most stable and well‐governed states in the Continent. Monarchy has lost much of its magic, but retains support on utilitarian grounds as a practical solution to the problem of sustaining constitutional and democratic government. If the conjunction of monarchy and democracy might seem a contradiction, it would be as well to bear in mind Freud's dictum that it is only in logic that contradictions cannot exist.

Keywords:   constitutional monarchy, constitutions, democracy, Europe, government, monarchy, republic, republicanism, utilitarianism

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