An Introduction to Constitutional Law

Paperback | August 1, 1998

byEric Barendt

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An Introduction to Constitutional Law discusses the general principles of the United Kingdom constitution from a critical, comparative perspective. It emphasizes the principal characteristics of this uncodified constitution, contrasting it with the documentary constitutions of the UnitedStates, France, and Germany. There are fewer checks on the power of government in this country than there are under those constitutions, where courts may review the constitutionality of legislation. This book also discusses the `federal' constitution of the European Union, as well as examining itsimpact on UK constitutional law. Its publication is particularly timely, in view of the programme of constitutional reform on which the Labour government has embarked. That makes it imperative to examine critically the principles of the constitution and explore whether anything may be learnt fromthe experience of other countries. The book offers a succinct and up to date account of British constitutional law and will be the ideal introduction for all students studying the subject whether as part of a law of politics degree.

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An Introduction to Constitutional Law discusses the general principles of the United Kingdom constitution from a critical, comparative perspective. It emphasizes the principal characteristics of this uncodified constitution, contrasting it with the documentary constitutions of the UnitedStates, France, and Germany. There are fewer chec...

Eric Barendt is Goodman Professor of Media Law at University College London. His publications include Freedom of Speech (1987), Broadcasting Law (1995), and Libel and the Media (1997), all published by Oxford University Press.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:August 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198762542

ISBN - 13:9780198762546

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Table of Contents

1. Constitutions2. The United Kingdom Constitution3. Federalism and Devolution4. The Constitution of the European Union5. Parliament and Legislative Power6. Government and Executive Power7. The Courts and Judicial Power8. Political Parties and Elections9. Constitutions in Times of War and Emergency

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In a welcome addition ot the constitutional law and political sciences libraries, Barendt's IAn Introduction to Constitutional LawI provides a critical overview of the principles and structure of the United Kingdom constitution. / Barendt makes interesting references to the constitutions ofother nations./ Diana Woodhouse, Parliamentary Affairs, April 1999.