Australia: The Politics of Becoming a Republic

  title={Australia: The Politics of Becoming a Republic},
  author={John Higley and John Case},
  journal={Journal of Democracy},
  pages={136 - 150}
In recent years several parliamentary democracies have considered replacing hereditary monarchs—the most visible remnant of the predemocratic era—with popularly chosen presidents and a republican form of government. This democratic reform is not easy to make, however, because it involves combining the well-established sovereignty of parliaments with presidents who may stake their own claim to sovereignty and popular support in clashes with prime ministers and their cabinets. Selecting… 
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