Critics’ Reviews

Everyone should be interested in the arguments put forward in this book, which discusses: the influence of derivative monarchy in all three countries, how the vice-regal office was adapted as substitute for the absent monarch and asks: can we keep the essence of monarchical government with a republican framework? – Ethos, ACT Law Society, March 2009

In this important research Professor Boyce deals with the underlying inquiry of whether the constitutional monarchical system can be developed, so as to avoid the need for radical change. If Professor Boyce intended this research to be advocacy for either the monarchist or the republican, this has not eventuated. In his work Professor Boyce argues that nationalism and presidential-style leadership has changed the role of the Governor-General in the former dominions. The reader is alerted to the individual variations in practice in the three countries, as opposed to the written constitutional position. The research identifies the development of the monarchy in the realms, with a focus on the representative’s, rather than the Queen. In reading the book, the reader is reminded of the inter-relationship that exists between the three countries; that is if one was to change its constitutional status as to the Crown, the others may follow suit. This book is effective in its ability to discuss politics, practicality and legality. In the end Professor Boyce poses two primary choices: a republic or reform – only time will tell as to his conclusions. – Dominic Katter, Hearsay, Issue 36, August 2009, Bar Association of Queensland

This is an interesting and well-written work on a topic that has not been the subject of as much attention as it deserves: the extraordinary fact that the British monarchy has managed to survive not only in its home, but also in the many former constitutent parts of the British Empire, and how it has been adapted in those countries. – Greg Taylor, Law Institute Journal of Victoria, October 2009

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