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

Ryan Norbauer, Donley Studlar

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-242
Number of pages18
JournalComparative Politics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011


  • members of parliament
  • backbenchers
  • political views
  • british political elite
  • republicans
  • monarchy

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