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On the overthrow or endurance of kings

Tridimas, George (2016) On the overthrow or endurance of kings. Constitutional Political Economy, 27 (1). pp. 41-65. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1007/s10602-015-9199-x


Monarchy has two elements, autocratic government and hereditary succession to office. After surveying arguments for and against hereditary access to public office, the paper illustrates that theoretical explanations of the rise of representative government do not account for the abolition or preservation of hereditary monarchy in contemporary democratic states. The paper then distinguishes between proximate and fundamental causes of the fall of monarchy. The former are military defeat, dissolution of the state as a result of war defeat and decolonization, and revolution. Fundamental causes are those that explain how proximate causes led to the overthrow of the monarchy and focus on the failures of monarchs to preserve national unity and to withdraw from a politically active role.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Constitutional monarchy; autocracy; republic; democracy; hereditary succession; revolution; constitutional exchange
Faculties and Schools:Ulster Business School > Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics
Ulster Business School
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:32223
Deposited By: Professor George Tridimas
Deposited On:25 Aug 2015 10:14
Last Modified:26 Oct 2016 21:03

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