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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 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.


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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.

Other Unit publications

Events

Blog


Reflecting on HRH The Prince of Wales’s Role as Heir to the Throne

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

To mark the Prince of Wales’s 70th Birthday, Robert Hazell reflects on the difficult role of Heir to the Throne, with reference to the roles of heirs apparent in other Western European monarchies. This comparative material has been assembled as part of our preparation for a forthcoming conference on monarchies in western Europe, to be […]

Monitor 69: Rethinking referendums

Monday, 16 July 2018

The latest issue of Monitor, the Constitution Unit’s regular newsletter, was published today. The issue covers all of the major UK constitutional developments over the past four months, a period that has seen the EU (Withdrawal) Bill pass into law, a government White Paper on Brexit provoke numerous ministerial resignations, continuing investigations into the conduct of […]

Ten things to know about the next Accession and Coronation

Tuesday, 05 June 2018

Last month Robert Hazell and Bob Morris published two reports about the next Accession and Coronation, which were discussed in a previous blog. Along the way they gathered a lot of extra information, which has now been published on the Monarchy pages of the Constitution Unit website. The following represents a selection of the most […]

Planning for the next Accession and Coronation

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

  Robert Hazell and Bob Morris have been examining the accession and coronation oaths the Queen’s successor will have to take once her reign comes to an end. Their research on the subject has led to two reports, both of which were published today. In this blogpost, they discuss their conclusions and call for both oaths to be […]

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