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Monarchy, Church and State

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In 2016 the Constitution Unit published a report about the role and future of the Monarchy, by Robert Hazell and Bob Morris. This was a precursor to two projects. The first was on the next Accession and Coronation, looking in particular at the Accession and Coronation oaths. That two year project involved a lot of expert consultation, leading to the publication in May 2018 of this report: 

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.

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Recent Publications

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.

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