VAR VORE FORFATNINGSFÆDRE DEMOKRATER?
Were our Founding Fathers Democrats?
It is widely believed that democracy was introduced in Denmark with the June Constitution of 1849. This article examines whether this belief is sustainable or a myth. This is done by examining what was then believed to be introduced by the June Constitution – that is the contemporary self-understanding: The investigation of whether our Founding Fathers saw themselves as democrats is conducted in part by a critical analysis of recent historical research partly by a systematic analysis of the debate on the Constituent Assembly. It is concluded that it is a myth that democracy was introduced in 1849 as the leading Founding Fathers neither claimed to establish a democratic constitution nor wanted to do so. The June Constitution introduced a constitutional monarchy, which was based on a
division of power between the king and an elected parliament and the election of the parliament included as well democratic as undemocratic elements.
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