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The British Constitution - Sir Ivor Jennings

The British Constitution

Paperback

Published: 3rd March 1967
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The British Constitution is accepted, in England at least, as the symbol for soundness and reliability: and yet its unwritten mysteries and its practical resilience are the despair of theorists. It is as unexpected as a person, and seems to be defined only by the fact that it lives and works. This 1966 book, then, might be described as a biography by one who has a first-hand knowledge of his subject. It offers ordinary British citizens a reasonable and detached introduction to the system in which they play so large a part; at the same time it provides, for friends and critics overseas, a simple and reliable account of its growth and functioning.

Preface
Government by the People:
We, the people
The people's choice
Government by Party:
The polity of parties
A short history of the parties
The character of the parties
The party machines
The two-party system
The House of Commons:
Political ambition and its rewards
The House and the government
The opposition
The House of Lords:
A Conservative bulwark
The need for a second chamber
The Monarchy
Administration:
Administrative bodies
The process of administration
Bureaucracy
Cabinet Government:
Ministerial responsibility
The Cabinet
The Prime Minister
Co-ordination
Instruments of co-ordination
British Democracy:
Government and opinion
Democracy and liberty
Is it a democracy?
Index
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ISBN: 9780521091367
ISBN-10: 0521091365
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 3rd March 1967
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 12.7  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 5