Crown Prince Reza on importance of "Checks and Balances" of future regime


Crown Prince Reza on importance of "Checks and Balances" of future regime
by Darius Kadivar

Every monarchy is a product of the culture and political traditions of a specific nation and peoples. If a monarch acts within the limits set by his or her culture, the monarch increases his or her legitimacy and power. If he or she chooses to disregard the customs and traditions of the nation, that same legitimacy is squandered and may result in the replacement and even the disestablishment of the monarchy as an institution. While the details differ from country to country a monarch is effectively checked by the threat of loss of power position and esteem.

By custom a constitutional monarch reigns but does not rule. Political power is vested in Parliament.

(SPECIAL NOTE TO VIEWERS: Watch All Videos in Order of Appearance)

RP2 at the Constitutionalist Conference in Washington speaks on the importance of CHECKS & BALANCES of the Future Iranian State Apparatus (Washington DC November 22 2008):

The Crown Prince Interviewed by Fellow Compatriots and foreign correspondents after the Conference:

Part I:

Part II ( Same But From Different Angle):







What arethe Checks and Balances of a Monarchy ?

Parliament and Government: An overview :

In the UK The Monarch ( Currently a Queen) and the Prime Minister:

An insight into the relationship between past and present Prime Ministers and The Queen, with footage kindly donated from the BBC's 'The Queen at 80'.

Every monarchy is a product of the the culture and political traditions of a specific nation and peoples. If a monarch acts within the limits set by his or herculture, the monarch increases his or her legitimacy and power. If he or she chooses to disregard the the customs and traditions of the nation, that samelegitimacy is squandered and may in result in replacement and even the disestablishment of the monarchy as an institution. While the details differ from country to country a monarch is effectively checked by the threat of lossof power position and esteem.

Bycustom the British monarch reigns but does not rule. Political power is vested in Parliament and the monarch's power lies primarily with the great respect the British peoples hold for the monarch. For instance the British monarch theoretically has the power to veto legislation, but it is generally agreed that this power would be rescinded should it ever be exercised.

The Spanish monarch by contrast is a constitutional monarch who rules under a constitution ratified by the Spanish people in the late 1970's. As with most of the rest of the modern western world the legitimacy of any government lies inthe consent of the governed to be governed.

One constitutional monarchy which has effectively tended and grown the legitimacy of their position are the Princes of Liechtenstein. In 2003 thePrincely house of Liechtenstein was actually increased by constitutional reform.

Until Recently The monarchs of Morocco and Jordan both claimed and to a great extent exercised absolute power. Yet Even these monarchs are effectively checked by cultural/religious expectations and the spread of western style ideas of legitimacy.

Morocco's King Mohammed VI pledges constitutional reform

Jordan's King Abdullah II announces sweeping reforms



The British Bill Of Rights VS The American One :

Similarities and Differences



The Origin of the "Bill of Rights" in Britain and the« Glorious Revolution » which subsequently inspired the American One:

How the American founders differed from the English Bill of Rights :

Michael Barone is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and author of "Our First Revolution: The Remarkable British Upheaval That Inspired America's Founding Fathers".


Explaining the British Exception :

Does Britain have a Constitution?


The British Constitution :

David Challice reminds us that there is awritten British Constitution. He refers to the hisorical documents that contain it, including Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights, the Acts of Union and the Coronation Oath. In this age of eroded individual freedoms it is food for thought.

The Separation of Powers inthe British Constitution :

Why is Bill of Rights so important in British History?:







Checks and Balances in the US Congress:

Interesting Yet Debateable Presentation of The Basic Forms of Government and Examples in History :








Unlike in Great Britain, where Only the Monarch has the Power of Dissolving the Parliament, In Canada the Prime Minister has this prerogative which has led to problems and parliamentary inefficiency in recent years.

How The Canadian Parliament Works or Actually Does Not Work ;0):

Rick dips into the viewer « Rachid’s » mailbag to tackle a on what parliamentarians do or don’t do.








Shah of Iran Talking About His Popularity Among the Iranians

Interview with Dr Shapour Bakhtiar on Democracy in Iran:

Shapour Bakhtiar on the Anniversary of the Constitutional Revolution:

Two Years Prior to his Assassination ShapourBakhtiar Insists on REGIME CHANGE based on the RESTORATION of the 1906 Constitution

Crown Prince Reza’s Speech on the Anniversary of the Constitutional Revolution:

Related Pictory:

pictory: First Open Session of the Parliament in Persia / Iran (1906)

PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY: Mozaffaredin Shah Signs First Draft of the Constitution (1906)

PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY: Shah Delivers Speech to Parliament (1951)

PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY: First Public Gathering of the Iranian Majlis (1906)

WOMEN GET TO VOTE: Female Crowd Gratefully Gather At Shah's Palace (1963)

pictory: Bakhtiar Denounces Bazargan's Provisionary Government in exile (1979)

RESTORATION: Shapour Bakhtiar advocates Restoring the Monarchy

Related Blogs :

ROYAL FORUM: Explaining the Concept of a Constitutional Monarchy to a Staunch Republican

Stephen Fry On Why Monarchy Is Imperfect Yet Should Be Preserved

British Monarchy To Remove Sexist Rules Regarding Royal Succession

How Truly Democratic And Stable Is The British Monarchy?

Political Pluralism and Freedom of Press in Pahlavi Iran

How Genuinely Democratic and Representative was the Parliament in Pahlavi Iran ?

CONSTITUTIONALIST FORUM: Daryoush Homayoun Political and Journalistic life Honored in Germany

HISTORY OF IDEAS: Constitutional Government In Locke's Second Treatise (Yale University)

PREMIERSHIP: Historian Simon Schama's Tour of 10 Downing Street


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why leader

by afshinazad on

Reza Pahlavi is most honest leader among Iranian, whether people like MAMMAD like him or not, it is not a issue, what is the issue people like Mammad might can tell us who they suggest to be the leader.

If Iranian could think right and if they could come back to 2011 from 1979 or 1953 or 1920 might they have a chance, if they are still strugling with their past, I would say they have a problem and same problem that will keep our country in dark ages.

If any Iranian want to have a freedom and democracy, must think twice because Reza Pahlavi is not a the person will stop you from freedom, think again you and I most probably will regret in future what we are doing today, because leaders don't create what we have today, we create them as a dictators, because we don't think together or we don't trust eachother or just we don't care about others,if we had a

If Iranian unite there is a chance for everyone to built Iran, otherwise we all are traitors  to our nation and the country.

Darius Kadivar

Mammad aka Muhamad Sahimi didn't know that providing

by Darius Kadivar on

feedbacks on two different systems of governments ( One of which has my preference) and which exist in perfectly accountable democratic states today that is Constitutional Monarchies ( UK, Spain, Sweden, Benelux, Japan ..)  and Democratic Republics ( Federal as in the US or Germany, Parliamentary as in France, Poland etc)  was a source of propaganda ? ...



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Neither forms of which to date existed or exist today in our beloved Country.

All the more that to my humble knowledge none of the above cited achieved genuine democracy overnight. 


But perhaps you and your beloved Shirin Ebadi (who greeted the Islamic Revolution with blind namak nashnas enthusiasm only to be disappointed by her Poor Choice) and her Shariati Groupies have a tested blueprint or should I say GreenPrint for Change which has escaped my attention or understanding.


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But I would be very grateful if you would be kind enough to share with our readers what practical Survival plan you suggest to our fellow compatriots back home so as to achieve that brilliant and shining future democratic State which according to you and your likeminds is at arms reach ...


In Two Parts Perhaps ?













Mammad the people of Iran should make the choice on Monarchy

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

The people should be free to decide the form and content of Irans future government.  In the end you must put your faith in the people of Iran who deserve to ultimately decide for their own lives as ultimately they have to bear the consequences.

The late Shah, had faith in the people and their choices.  He did not believe that the military had the right to use the people weapons against them, which is why he did not have the military stand up to khomeini's and his islamic thugs, because for what ever bad can be said of them they had majority support.  And so as you correctly pointed out he chose the democratc path and left iran.

His father never had to leave Iran, he was considered by the majority of Iranians as a National Hero, that saved the country.  So it was not due to unpopularity that he left, but the coercion and kidknapping at the hands of the super powers that had occupied Iran, the brits and the russians.  He had a democratic mandate of popularity and internal support.

I hear that the largest group of people in Iran, the children born after the revolution and who never knew monarchy are actually its greatest supporters as a result of the reputation of how Iran was during the time of the late Shah.

If the people want a republic they should be free to express themselves and attain it.  However, If the majority of Irans people decide on monarchy... then so be it.

By the way, did you see the disney movie, the lion king?  It was great, I highly recommend you see it.


Yeah, Reza learned the check and balance from his father

by Mammad on

and grandfather, both great democrats!! Good schooling!!!

We do not need the Pahlavis to prevent the sinking of the ship. Reza and you DK are in the monarchists boat anyway, not ship!!

I admire your honesty and doged determination for propaganda, but wishful thinking will only get you so far!



Darius Kadivar

Nope it's about Not Sinking the Ship ...

by Darius Kadivar on

So as to Live Long and Prosper ... 



And To boldly go where no Iranian has gone before


Sigh ... 



by hirre on

The reason to have a const. monarchy is to preserve culture?