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The British Constitution in the Twentieth Century$
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Vernon Bogdanor

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263198

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263198.001.0001

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The Monarchy

The Monarchy

(p.69) 3. The Monarchy
The British Constitution in the Twentieth Century

Rodney Brazier

British Academy

This chapter examines the role of the monarchy in the history of the British constitution during the twentieth century, investigating how the constitutional power enjoyed by the sovereign gave way to constitutional influence and describing the changes the Parliament made to the law relevant to the Crown. It suggests that, for most of the twentieth century, sovereigns and their closest advisers recognised the continuing need to adapt the institution of monarchy so as to reflect changes in British society, and this involved further erosions in the sovereign's power.

Keywords:   monarchy, British constitution, constitutional power, constitutional influence, sovereigns, British society

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