The British Constitution: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | April 25, 2013

byMartin Loughlin

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The British constitution is regarded as unique among the constitutions of the world. What are the main characteristics of Britain's peculiar constitutional arrangements? How has the British constitution altered in response to the changing nature of its state - from England, to Britain, to theUnited Kingdom? What impact has the UK's developing relations with the European Union caused? These are some of the questions that Martin Loughlin addresses in this Very Short Introduction. As a constitution, it is one that has grown organically in response to changes in the economic, political, and social environment, and which is not contained in a single authoritative text. By considering the nature and authority of the current British constitution, and placing it in the context of others, Loughlin considers how the traditional idea of a constitution came to be retained, what problems have been generated as a result of adapting a traditional approach in a modernpolitical world, looking at what the future prospects for the British constitution are.

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The British constitution is regarded as unique among the constitutions of the world. What are the main characteristics of Britain's peculiar constitutional arrangements? How has the British constitution altered in response to the changing nature of its state - from England, to Britain, to theUnited Kingdom? What impact has the UK's dev...

Martin Loughlin is Professor of Public Law at the London School of Economics. He previously held professorial appointments at the Universities of Glasgow and Manchester. His publications include Sword and Scales (2000), The Idea of Public Law (2003), and Foundations of Public Law (2010). He is a Fellow of the British Academy. In 2012-1...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:152 pagesPublished:April 25, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199697698

ISBN - 13:9780199697694

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. What constitution?2. Writing the constitution3. Parliamentary government4. The expansion and contraction of the English state5. Civil liberty6. Whiter the constitution?References and further reading