The Law of the Constitution

Hardcover | November 20, 2013

byA.V. Dicey

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The Law of the Constitution has been the main doctrinal influence upon English constitutional thought since the late-nineteenth century. It acquired and long retained extraordinary legal authority, despite fierce criticism and many changes in law and government. By many, it was treated as acanonical text embodying axiomatic principles, or it was simply understood as indeed the law of the constitution; and even by its critics, it was still granted the status of orthodoxy. Basic constitutional principles became commonly conceived in Diceyan terms: parliamentary sovereignty was pure andabsolute in being without legal limit; and Dicey's rule of law precluded recognition of an English administrative law and thus retarded its development for decades. Reaffirmed in each new edition of Dicey's canonical text, the constitution itself seemed static. The Oxford Edition of Dicey provides sources with which to reassess the extraordinary authority and lasting influence of Dicey's canonical text. This volume consists of Dicey's rare first edition in its original lecture form and of the main addenda in later editions. It facilitates a historicalunderstanding of Dicey's original text in its context and of later changes when they were made. In introducing the first volume, J.W.F. Allison reassesses The Law of the Constitution's authority and the kinds of response it has elicited in view of its original educative form and educationalcontext.

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The Law of the Constitution has been the main doctrinal influence upon English constitutional thought since the late-nineteenth century. It acquired and long retained extraordinary legal authority, despite fierce criticism and many changes in law and government. By many, it was treated as acanonical text embodying axiomatic principles,...

Albert Venn Dicey (1835-1922) was Vinerian Professor of English Law at the University of Oxford and the pre-eminent constitutional lawyer of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His Introduction to the Study of the Law of the Constitution ran to eight editions in his lifetime and remains one of the canonical texts in the hist...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:560 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.98 inPublished:November 20, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199579822

ISBN - 13:9780199579822

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Editor's IntroductionPart I: Lectures Introductory to the Study of the Law of the Constitution (First Edition)1. The True Nature of Constitutional Law2. The Sovereignty of Parliament3. Comparison between Parliament and Non-Sovereign Law-Making Bodies4. Parliamentary Sovereignty and Federalism5. The Rule of Law: Its Nature6. The Rule of Law: Its Applications7. The Rule of Law: Its Applications (2)8. The Connection between the Law of the Constitution and the Conventions of the ConstitutionPart II: Addenda in Later Editions of the Law of the ConstitutionAppendices:Dicey's Inaugural LectureDicey's Revisionist Article