The Monarchy and Politics

10 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2015 Last revised: 9 Jul 2016

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Asif Hameed

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: July 1, 2015


There is a tension in the British constitution concerning the role of the monarchy in political affairs. On the one hand, the monarch is expected to be politically neutral. On the other hand, the monarch is entitled to be politically active; she is permitted to express her political opinions in confidence to the elected government. Can this tension be resolved? Should it be resolved? This essay will explore both of these questions.

Keywords: monarchy, constitutional monarchy, constitutional convention, tripartite convention

JEL Classification: K00, K10, K19, K30, K39, K40, K49

Suggested Citation

Hameed, Asif, The Monarchy and Politics (July 1, 2015). Public Law, July 2016, University of Cambridge Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 29/2016, Available at SSRN: or

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