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Royal Families of Europe: Steve Lowe

"We will look at where they come from; how they are related. How they once wielded power, with the divine right to rule. What has happened to them in the 20th/21st century, where some have disappeared, not always peacefully, some are semi-retired, some have limited powers and some are still heads of state in modern democracies. We will look at whether monarchies still have a place in a pluralist democracy with divisions of power or whether they are an expensive anachronism that should be put out to grass."

Tutor: Steve Lowe

"Steve Lowe is a journalist, academic and one-time local politician. He first began working for Bedfordshire on Sunday as a political reporter and commentator in 1996. In 1999 he became the news editor and in 2000 the editor. After leaving in 2014 he has worked as a freelance journalist. Steve gained a BSc (Hons) at the OU in Politics and an MSc at Birkbeck College, University of London, in European Politics and Globalisation. He has lectured on politics and journalism at the University of Bedfordshire, Press Association, and at many colleges and secondary schools."