Keeping a straight face

A lively survey of monarchies old and new
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October 2021, no. 436
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God Save the Queen: The strange persistence of monarchies by Dennis Altman

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Keeping a straight face

A lively survey of monarchies old and new
by
October 2021, no. 436

Dennis Altman recently published a slice of autobiography, Unrequited Love: Diary of an accidental activist, addressing ‘his long obsession with the United States’. Now, as if to remind us that his training has been in political science, Altman presents us with this lively survey of monarchies old and new, constitutional and absolute, European and Asian. It has its origins in the Economist democracy index, according to which seven of the ten most democratic nations were constitutional monarchies. The list is dominated by the Scandinavian kingdoms, with Norway at the top, and former dominions of the British Empire, with Australia just scraping into the list at equal ninth with the Netherlands. As a committed republican, Altman was set thinking by this apparent alliance of monarchy and democracy.

John Rickard reviews 'God Save the Queen: The strange persistence of monarchies' by Dennis Altman

God Save the Queen: The strange persistence of monarchies

by Dennis Altman

Scribe, $27.99 pb, 153 pp

Buy this book

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