Semi-presidential regimes: Some lessons for Australian republicans?

H Kumarasingham, John Power

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The activities of successive Governors General of Australia have traditionally been couched in secrecy and this has prevented any meaningful public discussion of the subject. This article argues that, regardless of whether Australia continues to be a monarchy or transforms itself into a republic, far-reaching reforms are essential to ensure greater accountability for the position of head of state. In the view of the authors, heads of state do play, and should play, political roles, but they should be firmly and explicitly constrained in so doing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-432
JournalThe Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2014


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