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The Evolution of a Constitution: Eight Key Moments in British Constitutional History

ISBN13: 9781841134185
ISBN: 184113418X
Published: June 2006
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: Uk
Format: Paperback
Price: £31.00

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This new work casts light upon the British constitution of today by means of an in-depth consideration of eight key moments in British constitutional history. The historical perspective adopted in this book facilitates an informed and contextual understanding of the intricacies of the contemporary British constitution.

Indeed the book is based upon the premise that it is impossible to fully comprehend the nature, content and implications of today's constitution without a firm grasp on how it evolved into its present form.

Each of the eight main chapters focuses upon a different event in constitutional history which has contributed certain principles or practices to the modern day constitution, and explains how these principles or practices evolved and highlights their modern day significance. Historical events covered include the 1688 Glorious Revolution, the 1707 Union between England and Scotland, the 1911 Parliament Act and the 1972 European Communities Act.

Constitutional and Administrative Law
Magna Carta – Individual Liberties and the Rule of Law
Parliament versus Crown

1688. – Glorious Revolution; Enduring Settlement: Sovereignty, Liberty and the Constitution
1707. – Union between England and Scotland: Unitary State and Limited Parliament
1721. – The First Prime Minister? Executive Power and Its Journey from Monarch to Prime Minister
1832. – The Great Reform Act: A First Step towards Democratic Representation?
1911. – The Parliament Act: Guaranteeing the Legislative Superiority of the House of Commons
1953. – The European Convention on Human Rights: an External Influence Within the Constitution
1972. – The European Communities Act: European Legal Supremacy under the UK Constitution
1998. – Devolution to Scotland,Wales and Northern Ireland: Decentralising the Union State

Conclusion: The Evolving Constitution
Index .