Constitutional Reform in the United Kingdom by Dawn Oliver

Constitutional Reform in the United Kingdom

byDawn Oliver

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This new account of constitutional reform in the UK offers a detailed discussion of all the significant changes that have developed following the elections of 1997 and 2001. Issues discussed include the recent devolution of power in Scotland and elections of Assemblies in Wales and NorthernIreland; reform of the House of Lords and the system of hereditary peers; the influence of the Human Rights Act, changes to electoral systems and party funding and the significance of the European dimension on the British Constitution. Dawn Oliver presents a broad overview of the latest developments in constitutional reform while analysing the implications of these reforms for the theories of democracy, citizenship and good governance within an UK context. Discussion is also given on the gradual move away from a politicalconstitution to a more law-based system, the general ethics and standards within Parliament and consideration of possible future reforms in the areas of regional government, the House of Lords and the House of Commons.Written in a straightforward and accessible style, the text is well referenced to aid further research and offers an extensive bibliography and list of official publications. It is essential reading for all those studying constitutional law and reform as part of their law or politics degreeprogrammes, while academics and civil servants in these areas will also find the discussions and analysis in the work of interest.

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Dawn Oliver is Professor of Constitutional Law at the University College London. She has been a member of the Study of Parliament Group since 1994 and was a member of the Royal Commission Reform of the House of Lords in 1999. She is co-author of The Changing Constitution with Professor Jeffrey Jowell and editor of Public Law.
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Title:Constitutional Reform in the United KingdomFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.91 inPublished:April 1, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PART 1: THE BACKGROUND TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM1. The Project: Modernising the UK Constitution2. Themes: Democrarcy and Citizenship3. Themes: Good Governance4. The United Kingdom in the European Union5. The Constitutional Role of the CourtsPART II: CITIZEN-CENTRED REFORMS6. Human Rights in the United Kingdom7. Elections, Parties, and Referendums8. Freedom of InformationPART III: INSTITUTIONAL REFORMS9. Parliament: The House of Commons10. Parliament: The Second Chamber12. Government: The Civil Service13. Devolution: General Principles14. Devolution: Scotland, Nothern Ireland, and Wales15. Devolution: England and the United Kingdom16. Local Governament17. Quangos18. The JudiciaryPART IV: CONCLUSIONS19. Modernization Reviewed: Towards Democracy, Citizenship, and Good Governance20. The Political Constitution in Transition

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`'The treatment is compressed without being incomprehensible and the text is studded with references to more detailed reading...For constitutional law and political science courses, the alternative systems of proportionate voting are admirably summarised...The same is true of the chapter onopen government, which helpfully and systematically spells out the arguments for and against freedom of information legislation, a service not readily available in other sources.''K. Boyle: Publc Law 1992