Public Law Within Government: Sustaining the Art of the Possible

Hardcover | July 1, 2008

byT P B Rattenbury

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This book casts a spotlight on a vital but poorly understood feature of the political process: the functioning within government of the public law rules that define and constrain it. Drawing on rich source material--one local authority's involvement in the epic central/local confrontation over local government spending in 1980s England--the book develops a multifaceted, timeless and widely applicable analysis of public law within government as a process of "sustaining the art of the possible."

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This book casts a spotlight on a vital but poorly understood feature of the political process: the functioning within government of the public law rules that define and constrain it. Drawing on rich source material--one local authority's involvement in the epic central/local confrontation over local government spending in 1980s England...

T. P. B. RATTENBURY is a Solicitor in the Office of the Attorney General of New Brunswick, Canada.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:250 pages, 8.52 × 5.83 × 0.76 inPublished:July 1, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230553028

ISBN - 13:9780230553026

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Table of Contents

Introduction * The Ultra Vires Rule: Its Substance and Significance * Out with the Old: The 1980 Budget * In with the New: The 1981 Budget * A Heightened Awareness: The 1982 Budget * Leftward, Ho: The 1983 Budget * Pressing Ahead: The 1984 Budget * Rate-Capped and Resistant: The 1985 Budget * Aftermath: The 1986 Budget * Victim of Circumstance: The 1987 Budget * "Policy-Capped": The 1988 Budget * Out with the Old, Again: The 1989 Budget and Beyond * Conclusion