Hegel on Sovereignty and Monarchy
Clark University Press
Hegel is not a democrat. He is a monarchist. But he wants monarchy because he does not want strong government. He wants to deemphasize power. He develops an idealist conception of sovereignty that allows for a monarch less powerful than a president—one whose task is to expresses the unity of the state and realize the rationality inherent in it. A monarch needs to be a conduit through which reason is expressed and actualized, not a power that might obstruct this process.
Kain, P. J. “Hegel on Sovereignty and Monarchy,” Idealistic Studies, 45 (2015): 265-77.