Until now, no academic study has explored the extent and nature of antimonarchism in the British House of Commons. In a statistically representative survey sample, 44 percent of all Members of Parliament identified themselves as "republicans," nearly twice the share in the British public at large. However, 86 percent called this a personal opinion only. While there may not be a groundswell of active republicanism in the Commons, a substantial group of sympathetic MPs exists who might be willing to seize on a future public crisis in the monarchy in order to effect reforms. Lacking party leadership support, republican MPs are not optimistic about change in the short-to-medium term.
- members of parliament
- political views
- british political elite
Norbauer, R., & Studlar, D. (2011). Monarchy and the British political elite: closet republicans in the House of Commons Comparative Politics, 43(2), 225-242. https://doi.org/10.5129/001041511793931825