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What's wrong with the British constitution?

What's wrong with the British constitution?

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Edition Details

  • Creator or Attribution (Responsibility): Iain McLean
  • Language: English
  • Jurisdiction(s): England
  • Publication Information: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010
  • Material: Internet resource
  • Type: Book, Internet Resource
  • Permalink: http://books.lawi.org.uk/what-s-wrong-with-the-british-constitution/ (Stable identifier)

Short Description

XII, 384 pages : ILlustrations ; 24 cm

Purpose and Intended Audience

Useful for students learning an area of law, What's wrong with the British constitution? is also useful for lawyers seeking to apply the law to issues arising in practice.

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Bibliographic information

  • Responsable Person: Iain McLean.
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Country/State: England
  • Number of Editions: 22 editions
  • First edition Date: 2009
  • Last edition Date: 2012
  • Languages: British English
  • Awards: Joint winner for Political Studies Association W.J.M. Mackenzie Book Prize 2010.
  • Library of Congress Code: KD3934
  • Dewey Code: 342.4102
  • ISBN: 9780199546954 0199546959
  • OCLC: 430496992

Main Contents

pt. 1. Old constitution: two approaches
1. English public lawyer's constitution
2. Fresh start: veto players, win sets, and constitutional moments
pt. 2. Constitution from below
3. 1707 and 1800: a treaty (mostly) honoured and a treaty broken / Iain McLean, Alistair McMillan
4. Why should we be beggars with the ballot in our hand? / Iain McLean, Tom Lubbock
Appendix to chapter 5. How much did bonar law know about the larne gunrunning?
6. Contradictions of Professor Dicey
7. Causes and consequences of the unionist coup d'etat. pt. 3. Erosion of Diceyan ideology
8. Impact of UK devolution
9. European Union and other supranational entanglements
10. Human rights
Appendix to chapter 10. European convention on human rights and protocols adopted by the United Kingdom as of 2008. 4. Things to leave out of a written constitution
11. Unelected
12. Monarchs
Appendix to chapter 12. 'The constitutional position of the sovereign' : letters between King George V and Prime Minister H.H. Asquith, autumn 1913
13. Established churches
5. Things to put in
14. We the people.

Summary Note

A bravura critique of the traditional interpretation of the British constitution. The book demolishes many of the myths surrounding it, but also goes on to suggest a constructive alternative.

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