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Reshaping the British Constitution : Essays in Political Interpretation - Nevil Johnson

Reshaping the British Constitution

Essays in Political Interpretation

Hardcover Published: 1st March 2005
ISBN: 9780333946190
Number Of Pages: 324

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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 suggests that since the reform programme has rested on pragmatic political expediency rather than on coherent thinking about constitutional principles, it is likely to strengthen the familiar deformations of the customary constitution.

'This is a masterly work, full of detailed commentary on different aspects of the constitution and with often wry and pertinent comments and insights into the present constitutional reform programme and current political developments, written from a position that is strongly sceptical of the European Union, constitutional reform, and new Labour.' - Andrew Gamble, Professor of Politics, University of Sheffield, UK

Preface
Introduction
The Underpinnings of The Customary Constitution
Constitutions and Constitutionalism
Foundations and Principles
Institutional Pluralism and Subsidiarity
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
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
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ISBN: 9780333946190
ISBN-10: 0333946197
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 324
Published: 1st March 2005
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1