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(2015)BMGN-THE LOW COUNTRIES HISTORICAL REVIEW.130(4).p.121-131 Mark abstract The constitutional monarchy as an essential 'modern' state form of the restoration period was intended to restore order and stability in Europe. In this respect, there is more of a break than continuity between the constitutional model that William I introduced in 1814-1815 and the constitutional monarchy to which Leopold I, the first king of the Belgians, had to subject himself in 1831. The specific authoritarian interpretation that William I gave to his function was one of the factors that helps to explain the Belgian revolution. It is therefore logical that the revolution, as such, produced a constitution that firstly, in general was far more democratic and, secondly, specifically restricted the power of the king. The new Belgian constitutional monarchy of 1830-1831 did not keep William l's 'heritage' intact: on the contrary, the constitutional definition of kingship in Belgium, for that time, was an ultra-liberal, modern answer to the 'William I system'.

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Author: Gita Deneckere

Source: https://biblio.ugent.be/publication/7011280



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