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Oliver Garner: The Monarch: Silent Guardian of the United Kingdom Constitution?

The death of Queen Elizabeth II and the coronation of King Charles III may mark a renewal of the constitutional identity of the United Kingdom, our Post-doctoral Fellow Oliver Garner argues in the latest CEU DI Working Paper.

The paper considers the role of the monarch in the modern constitution. It argues that the hereditary head of state provides two normatively desirable functions: first, the monarchy means that there is a symbolic separation of power between de facto and de jure power, and spiritual power. Secondly, the monarch provides a silent accountability function through the regular meetings with the Prime Minister.

The article concludes by arguing that, if the United Kingdom ever were to transition to a republic, then it should aim to replicate these functions of the monarchy in the new position of head of state.

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