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What is the function of a Constitutional monarchy?

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  • Will
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    10 years ago
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    The 19th century Journalist and essayist, Walter Bagehot maintained that the function of a Constitutional Monarch was to be above politics and to "Advise, Guide and Warn" the government of the day.

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  • 10 years ago

    Constitutional monarchy = a system of government in which a monarch is guided by a constitution whereby his/her rights, duties, and responsibilities are spelled out in written law or by custom.

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    A constitutional monarchy is a form of government in which a monarch acts as head of state within the parameters of a written or blended constitution. It differs from absolute monarchy in that an absolute monarch serves as the sole source of political power in the state and is not legally bound by any constitution.

    Most constitutional monarchies employ a parliamentary system in which the Monarch may have strictly Ceremonial duties or may have Reserve Powers, depending on the constitution, have a directly or indirectly elected prime minister who is the head of government and exercises effective political power. In the past, constitutional monarchs have co-existed with fascist and quasi-fascist constitutions (Fascist Italy, Francoist Spain) and with military dictatorships.

    More frequently however, monarchical institutions have played crucial roles in thwarting coups d'etat and the overthrow of democratic institutions by fascist or communist movements. Examples include the attempted 23-F coup in Spain in 1981, the 1981 and 1985 coup attempts in Thailand, and the attempted communist takeover in Grenada in 1983. In the Spanish and Thai cases action taken by the king proved decisive; in the case of Grenada the call for outside assistance was made by the Governor-General (Sir Paul Scoon).

    Contemporary constitutional monarchies include Australia, The Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bhutan, Cambodia, Canada, Denmark, Granada, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Liechtenstein, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Morocco, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Soloman Islands, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Tuvalu, and the United Kingdom.

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  • 5 years ago

    the primary function of constitutional monarchies

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