Choosing the Republic
Exploring how the people in a constitutional monarchy may choose to institute a republic, this chronicle delves into republican philosophy, the history and practicalities of constitutional change, and the politics of popular debate. Featuring excerpts from interviews with key Australian leaders, the text examines the republican question from the perspectives of history, law, politics, and social science. Offering a new way of thinking about the process of constitutional change, this study puts popular choice--the hallmark of democracy--back at center stage. This is a thoughtful, insightful, and practical account of Australia's political past and what alterations will be necessary if Australia is to become a republic.
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1 The 200year drought
2 Raising the question
3 Altering the Australian Constitution
4 Glimpsing the GovernorGeneral
5 The politics of minimalism
selecting the head of state
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