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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Monarchical Constitutions

Peter Bussjaeger, Mirella Johler

Subject(s):
Supraconstitutional authority — Principles and objectives of constitutions — Types of constitutions — Comparative constitutional law — Monarchy
1. The term monarchy refers to a form of government characterized by an individual’s lifelong rule; a rule that is typically inherited (or elected by a narrowly defined group of people who are not ordinary citizens) and potentially confined by the option of abdication. The term derives from the Greek monos arkhein which means ‘one ruler’ ( forms of government ). 2. If the definition of constitutions is understood as ‘[a document of high law] that regulates the establishment and exercise of public power systemically and comprehensively ’ ( Grimm 103 , emphasis...
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