Monarchy and the British political elite : closet republicans in the House of Commons

Norbauer, Ryan and Studlar, Donley (2011) Monarchy and the British political elite : closet republicans in the House of Commons. Comparative Politics, 43 (2). pp. 225-242. ISSN 0010-4159

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Abstract

Until now, no academic study has explored the extent and nature of antimonarchism in the British House of Commons. In a statistically representative survey sample, 44 percent of all Members of Parliament identified themselves as "republicans," nearly twice the share in the British public at large. However, 86 percent called this a personal opinion only. While there may not be a groundswell of active republicanism in the Commons, a substantial group of sympathetic MPs exists who might be willing to seize on a future public crisis in the monarchy in order to effect reforms. Lacking party leadership support, republican MPs are not optimistic about change in the short-to-medium term.