Constitutional Futures: A History of the Next Ten Years

Hardcover | February 1, 1999

EditorRobert Hazell

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Tony Blair has described the government's programme of constitutional reform as `the most extensive package of constitutional change ever proposed'. It will transform the political landscape, in ways which are not yet fully understood; and some of which the government does not intend. Thisbook is a guide to the new political and legal system that will result. The changes will include greater checks and balances and greater separation of powers a new territorial politics, with greater competition between the nations and regions of the UK fragmentation of the party system, and the emergence of more regional political parties a shift of power from Parliament to the courts, with more litigation against government, and between the new levels of government within the UK changing concepts of citizenship and democracy a more pluralist, consensus-building style of politics with more coalition governments and more minority parties in place of the adversarial two-party system. These are just some of the themes explored in the Constitution Unit's new book, Constitutional Futures: A History of the Next Ten Years. It is a seminal piece of work, which should interest teachers and students of law and politics, opinion formers and policy makers, and all those involved in thisperiod of unprecedented constitutional change.

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Tony Blair has described the government's programme of constitutional reform as `the most extensive package of constitutional change ever proposed'. It will transform the political landscape, in ways which are not yet fully understood; and some of which the government does not intend. Thisbook is a guide to the new political and legal ...

Robert Hazell is Professor of Government and the Constitution and Director of the Constitution Unit in the School of Public Policy, University College, London

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Format:HardcoverPublished:February 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198298013

ISBN - 13:9780198298014

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Table of Contents

List of ContributorsForeword1. Introduction2. The Shape of Things to Come: What Will the UK Constitution Look Like in the Early 21st Century?3. A Rolling Programme of Devolution: Slippery Slope or Safeguard of the Union?4. British Constitutional Reform and the Relationship with Europe5. Constitutionalism, Regulation and Review6. Fragmentation in the Party and Political Systems7. Westminster: Squeezed From Above and Below8. Machinery of Government: Whitehall9. Intergovernmental Relations in a Devolved United Kingdom: Making Devolution Work10. The Environment and Constitutional Change11. Case Study- Financing Devolution, the Centre Retains Control12. Citizenship13. The New Constitutional SettlementFurther ReadingIndex

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The book is helpful in dispassionately describing these movements of power./ Michael Bartlet, The Friend, 21/05/99