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Reforming the Constitution : Debates in Twentieth-Century Britain - Peter Catterall

Reforming the Constitution

Debates in Twentieth-Century Britain

By: Peter Catterall (Editor), Wolfram Kaiser (Editor), Ulrike Walton-Jordan (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st November 2000
ISBN: 9780714681078
Number Of Pages: 320

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This collection takes as its subject how and why the British constitution developed during the course of the 20th century. In chapters that analyse in detail the evolution of various aspects of the constitution, this work explores debates about how the constitution ought to operate and the political goods it ought to secure among politicians, jurists and academics. In addition, it looks at the influence of political parties, nationalism, social and economic change, European integration, and the contests in over particular reforms in Parliament, courts, media and on the hustings.
This book examines the way and extent to which constitutional practice elsewhere has shaped the debates in Britain - whether the challenges posed by the emission of a colonial empire, developments in the USA and the Commonwealth, or the influence of European practice of devices, such as the European Convention on Human Rights. In the process it provides a comprehensive account of the continual evolution of the British constitution from secrecy to citizenship, and of the way in which this constitution mediated the relationship between the British state and people in the 20th century.

Notes on Contributorsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
'Efficiency with Freedom'? Debates about the British Constitution in the Twentieth Centuryp. 1
The Decline and Rise of Radicalism: Political Parties and Reform in the Twentieth Centuryp. 43
Constitutional Law Reform: Inside the Motorp. 72
House of Lords and Monarchy: British Majoritarian Democracy and the Current Reform Debate about its Pre-Democratic Institutionsp. 97
The Politics of Electoral Reform since 1885p. 129
Transforming Relations of Gender: The Feminist Project of Societal Reform in Turn-of-the-Century Britainp. 158
The Concept of Citizenship in Twentieth-Century Britain: Analysing Contexts of Developmentp. 179
'Home Rule All Round': Experiments in Regionalising Great Britain, 1886-1914p. 201
Territorial Politics and Change in Britainp. 225
The British State and Northern Ireland: Can the National Question be Reformed?p. 255
Indexp. 295
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ISBN: 9780714681078
ISBN-10: 0714681075
Series: Cass Series--British Politics and Society
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st November 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1

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