Reshaping The British Constitution: Essays in Political Interpretation by N. JohnsonReshaping The British Constitution: Essays in Political Interpretation by N. Johnson

Reshaping The British Constitution: Essays in Political Interpretation

byN. Johnson

Hardcover | July 2, 2004

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Reshaping the British Constitution provides a vigorous critique of the deformations of Britain's customary constitution and why it could not effectively stem the growth of a centralized political authority. On this foundation it provides a critical description and assessment of recent constitutional changes including devolution, House of Lords reform, human rights and the encroachment of the European Union.
Nevil Johnson is an Emeritus Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford, where from 1969 to 1996 he was a Reader in the Comparative Study of Institutions in the University of Oxford and Professorial Fellow. The early years of his career were spent in the administrative class of the Civil Service. From 1966 to 1981 he edited the journal Public...
Title:Reshaping The British Constitution: Essays in Political InterpretationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0 inPublished:July 2, 2004Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0333946197

ISBN - 13:9780333946190


Table of Contents

Preface * Introduction * PART I: THE UNDERPINNINGS OF THE CUSTOMARY CONSTITUTION * Constitutions and Constitutionalism * Foundations and Principles * Institutional Pluralism and Subsidiarity * PART II: INSTITUTIONS AND PRACTICES UNDER THE CUSTOMARY CONSTITUTION * Symbols of Unity: Monarchy and Religious Establishment * A Parliamentary Government: the Executive Power * The Foundations of Legitimacy: Parliament * The Judiciary in the Constitution * PART III: RESHAPING THE CONSTITUTION * The Customary Constitution in the Melting-pot * Institutional Innovation: Devolution and Decentralisation * Reform at the Centre: the Primacy of Politics * Human Rights and Reinforcement of the Judiciary * Constitutional Consequences of Membership of the European Union * Beyond Custom and Tradition: the Politics of Pragmatic Adaptation