Australia: The Politics of Becoming a Republic

Issue Date July 2000
Volume 11
Issue 3
Page Numbers 136-150
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In recent years several Westminster-style parliamentary democracies have considered cutting their ties with the British monarchy and becoming republics. The difficulties involved in trying to make such a shift were on full display in Australia.

About the Authors

John Higley

John Higley holds the Jack S. Blanton Chair in Australian Studies and directs the Edward A. Clark Center for Australian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His books include Elites in Australia (1979), Elitism (1980), Elites, Crises and the Origins of Regimes (1998), and Elites after State Socialism (2000).

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Rhonda Evans Case

Rhonda Evans Case is a doctoral student in government at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is working on the politics of constitutional change in Australia and other parliamentary democracies.

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