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Why monarchy persists in small states: the cases of Tonga, Bhutan and Liechtenstein

Corbett, Jack; Veenendaal, Wouter; Ugyel, Lhawang


Monarchical rule is said to have become anachronistic in a modern age of legal rational orders and representative institutions. And yet, despite successive waves of democratization having usurped their authority across much of the globe, a select few monarchs remain defiant, especially in small states. This stubborn persistence raises questions about the application of Huntington’s “King’s Dilemma” in which modern monarchs are apparently trapped in a historical cycle that will ultimately strip...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Democratization
DOI: 10.1080/13510347.2016.1212019


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