“Monarchy and nationalism are embedded in a complex relationship, and many of Europe’s ruling dynasties crumbled in the nationalist upsurge of the modern era”.
“Royalty deserves more attention than it receives from social scientists trying to understand modern western European democracies. It is as if monarchy, much like religion, is seen as irrelevant in a modern, secular, democratic world”.
“Students of democratization would do well to think about monarchy more. In particular, they should pay closer attention to the role that monarchies have played in the evolution of democracy”
“The public budget systems of the eight West European monarchies and the two republics considered use a variety of systems for the civil lists and allocations granted to their heads of state. For this reason it is very difficult to compare the systems with one another”
“Monarchs share one important feature, which is unobtainable by ordinary politicians: their time horizon when considering public action by definition extends to the rest of their life and probably longer, given their concern for their children and perhaps also for the preservation of the monarchy”