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The Importance of the Symbolic Role of the Head of State

Marrani, David (2011) 'The Importance of the Symbolic Role of the Head of State.' European Journal of Law Reform, 2011 (1). pp. 40-58. ISSN 1387-2370

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Abstract

Why do we need, in a society that we assume to be democratic, someone that reminds us of the archaic organisation of humanity, someone like a head of state? We know that the ‘powerful’ heads have now been transformed, most of the time, in ‘powerless’ ones, with solely a symbolic role, often not recognised. So why do we need them and how important are they? Because they are part of our archaic memory, images of the father of the primitive hordes, and because they ‘sit’ above us, the symbolic role of the head of state can be read with the glasses of a psychoanalyst and the magnifier of a socio-legal scholar. This paper is a journey in time and space, looking at the move from the sovereign-monarch to the president-monarch, unfolding the question of authority and its link to ‘distance’ but also the connection to ‘the Father’ and the notion of the two bodies.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Law, School of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2012 12:20
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2012 12:20
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/4584

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