Constitution of the United Kingdom: A Contextual Analysis

Constitution of the United Kingdom: A Contextual Analysis

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By (author) Peter Leyland

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  • Publisher: Hart Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 362 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 212mm x 22mm | 458g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 1849461600
  • ISBN 13: 9781849461603
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised ed.
  • Sales rank: 102,340

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This acclaimed book provides a topical and contextual outline of the principles, doctrines and institutions that underpin the United Kingdom constitution. The second edition of The Constitution of the United Kingdom has been extensively rewritten to take account of recent constitutional developments, particularly changes made following the 2010 general election. The chapters are written in sufficient detail for anyone coming to the subject for the first time to develop a clear and informed view of how the constitution is arranged and how it operates. The main themes include: discussion of the history, sources and conventions of the constitution; later chapters deal with: constitutional principles, the role of the Crown, Parliament and the electoral system, government and the executive, the constitutional role of courts including the protection of human rights, the territorial distribution of power between central, devolved and local government, and the European Union dimension. In addition, the book offers an analytical discussion of the development of the constitution, its strengths and perceived weaknesses, and of reforms aimed at its modernisation.

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Peter Leyland is Professor of Public Law at the London Metropolitan University.

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[Leyland's] aim is to provide a concise, contextual and accessible introduction to the UK constitution. To those three Cs one might add a fourth: comparative...Leyland undoubtedly makes good on all four Cs. His written style is admirably clear, conversational and free from jargon. The chapter discussions are punchy and never too drawn out. The arguments and accounts of abstract principles are brought to life with highly topical examples from the UK and beyond...What may seem an unlikely additional plus, given the book's aims, is its ambitious coverage. Just about everything one would expect to find in a much meatier, more advanced textbook is touched upon. It is the perfect companion for overseas students attempting to compare the UK constitution with their own. It will be of immense interest to anybody with a general interest in UK law, politics and history. Stuart Lakin Times Higher Education November 2012 Reviews of the 1st Edition ...Leyland has produced a slim guide to the constitution of the United Kingdom that is both highly readable and impressively thorough. It deserves a place on undergraduate reading lists as a precursor to a more theoretical examination, and given a very reasonable price one hopes that many students will feel able to purchase their own copy. They will certainly find it worth their while. C. J. S. Knight The Cambridge Law Journal 66 (3), November 2007 ...provides an excellent discussion of the legal basis of parliamentary sovereignty... Alexandra Kelso Parliamentary Affairs Vol. 61 No. 3, 2008 Signposting is clear and helpful. Bibliographies are to the point...The prose is clear and authoritative. The reader's tour of Britain's constitutional history is efficient. The parliamentary process, including the passage of bills through Westminster, is described accessibly and with concision. The classic texts of constitutional analysis - Dicey, Bagehot, Jennings and the like - are introduced and their contribution summarised. And the radical reforms of the Blair administrations are recounted effectively...a valuable introductory survey. Andrew McDonald The Law & Politics Book Review Vol. 18 No.11 (November 2008)

Table of contents

1 UK Constitution PART I: CONSTITUTIONAL CONTEXTS PART II: HISTORY 2 The Sources of the Constitution PART I: SOURCES OF THE CONSTITUTION PART II: CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTIONS 3 Constitutional Principles 4 The Crown and the Constitution 5 Parliament PART I: ELECTIONS AND THE HOUSE OF COMMONS PART II: THE HOUSE OF COMMONS PART III: THE HOUSE OF LORDS PART IV: PARLIAMENT AS LEGISLATOR PART V: PARLIAMENT AS WATCHDOG 6 Government and Executive 7 The Constitutional Role of the Courts PART I: SURVEYING THE CONSTITUTIONAL ROLE OF THE COURTS PART II: ADMINISTRATIVE LAW AND JUDICIAL REVIEW PART III: THE COURTS AND THE HUMAN RIGHTS ACT 1998 8 Devolution and Local Governance PART I: DEVOLUTION PART II: DEVOLUTION AND ENGLAND PART III: LOCAL GOVERNMENT 9 Conclusion: The UK Constitution