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Monarchs and prime ministers have spent centuries working out which decisions need to be made in public.
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Much of the Harry and Meghan coverage has ignored the royal family's complicated history with race and "blood" and its insistence on continuing outdated traditions.
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Bill Shorten's policy for quick action on a republic contrasts with Malcolm Turnbull's position.
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It turned out to be a fairly minor announcement, but the palace knows how to work the news cycle.
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The heir to Thailand's throne, Maha Vajiralongkorn, enters his reign with no authority other than that of the office he now holds.
Thailand's supposedly beloved king was a useful tool for some of his country's most unpleasant regimes.
British society takes monarchy far more seriously than they did two centuries ago. Far too seriously.
Democracy today contains within itself impulses towards both inclusion and exclusion. Spinoza's thinking on aristocracy should alert us to how democratic rule by the people can be hollowed out.
The royal visit to Canada raises some important constitutional questions.
Japan is already in the midst of one delicate constitutional debate – and now it's been confronted with another.