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Formální pravomoci současných evropských monarchů a jejich reálné využití
Formal Powers of Current European Monarchs and their Actual Use

Author(s): Jan Kozubík, Roman Chytilek
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Mezinárodní politologický ústav Masarykovy univerzity v Brně
Keywords: monarchy; monarch; powers; legislative initiative; appointment of prime minister; dissolution of parliament; royal assent; veto

Summary/Abstract: The study analyzes the formal powers of current European monarchs, and examines their actual use. We investigate the royal prerogatives of monarchs from ten European nations: Belgium, Denmark, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The text deals with four powers – legislative initiative, royal assent/veto, selection/appointment of the prime minister and dissolution of parliament. The constitutional power is described first; its real use in the period of 1990–2012 is then examined. At the end, a comparison of every single prerogative is carried out, conclusions about the actual position of monarchs in current European political systems are drawn, and a tentative answer to questions concerning the future of kings, princes, and grand dukes serving as heads of state in European countries is suggested.

  • Issue Year: XX/2013
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 483-506
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Czech