Monarchy, Church and State
In 2016 the Constitution Unit published a report about the role and future of the Monarchy, by Robert Hazell and Bob Morris. This is a precursor to two projects. The first, led by Bob Morris, is on the next Accession and Coronation. It will look in particular at the Accession and Coronation oaths, and consider whether they need updating before the next Monarch accedes to the throne. The second project, led by Robert Hazell, is a comparative study of the other monarchies of western Europe. The first step is to compile a comparative bibliography; the next would be to convene a comparative conference.
Previous work has focused on Church and State, and analysing calls for the disestablishment of the Church of England. This would involve removing the Monarch as head of the Church, removing the Anglican Bishops from the House of Lords, and ending government involvement in senior church appointments. Our three year research project into Church and State explored the realities of establishment, and what would be involved if the Church of England were disestablished. It concluded that disestablishment will only happen if the Church wants it: the government is unlikely to make the first move. The project was led by Dr Bob Morris.
- The Queen at 90 The Changing Role of the Monarchy, and Future Challenges Robert Hazell and R.M Morris (June 2016)
- Church and State in 21st century Britain: The Future of Church establishment R.M. Morris (March 2009)
- Church and State Some Reflections on Church Establishment in England R.M. Morris (ed.)
Books and Articles by Bob Morris
- ‘Alternative Futures for Formal Church Establishment: Two Case Studies from the United Kingdom’in Guesnet F, Laborde C and Lee L (forthcoming 2015) Negotiating Religion (Palgrave).
- ‘Half-Opening Cans of Worms: The Present State of “High” Anglican Establishment’, Law and Justice, No 172 (September 2014), 10-26.
- ‘The Future of the Monarchy: The Reign of King Charles III’ in Hazell R (ed.) (2008) Constitutional Futures Revisited: Britain’s Constitution to 2020 (Palgrave), 139-155.
- Main author: Church and State in 21st Century Britain: The Future of Church Establishment (2009) (Palgrave)
- ‘The Future of “High” Establishment’ (2011) Ecclesiastical Law Journal, 260-273.
- ‘Succession to the Crown Bill’ (2013) Ecclesiastical Law Journal, 186-191.
With Norman Bonney:
- ‘Tuvalu and You: The Monarch, the United Kingdom and the Realms’ (2012) Political Quarterly, 368-373.
- ‘The Commonwealth in the Twenty-first Century’ (2012) Political Insight, 26-29.
Other Unit publications
- Frank Cranmer, John Lucas and Bob Morris, Church and State: a Mapping Exercise (2006)
- Succession to the Crown of Canada – The Court Challenge and the Consequences - Professor Anne Twomey (University of Sydney)- 18 September 2014
- Extreme Devolution: How it works in Bermuda - George Fergusson (Governor of Bermuda) - 1 December 2014
- Changing the Rules of Succession and the Problem of the Realms - Prof Anne Twomey (27 Sept 2011)
Friday, 10 June 2016
To mark the celebrations of the Queen’s 90th birthday the Constitution Unit has published a new report that discusses the formal powers of the monarchy, and its wider role and functions. The report concludes by looking ahead to what further changes can be expected in the coming decades. It is summarised here by its authors, Robert […]
Friday, 20 May 2016
Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones have this week been re-elected as First Ministers of Scotland and Wales, whilst two week ago Enda Kenny was re-elected as Irish Taoiseach. In each case the newly elected parliament elected the head of the new government. In a new report Petra Schleiter, Valerie Belu and Robert Hazell argue that […]
‘Living with Difference’: The Butler-Sloss Commission’s report reflects the interests of its members rather than the public interest
Tuesday, 05 January 2016
The Commission on Religion and Belief in Public Life published its report, ‘Living with Difference: Community, Diversity and the Common Good’, on 7 December. Bob Morris discusses the report, arguing that its recommendations reflect the nature of the Commission’s membership rather than an open-minded commitment to the interests of public life and policy. The issue […]
Wednesday, 09 September 2015
9 September 2015 marks the day Elizabeth II becomes the UK’s longest reigning monarch. Bob Morris takes this milestone as an opportunity to reflect on the evolution of the monarchy in relation to the constitution in recent years. Today Queen Elizabeth II’s term exceeds Victoria’s and she becomes the nation’s longest reigning monarch. The institution […]