Debating the Constitution

Debating the Constitution : New Perspectives on Constitutional Reform

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Constitutional reform is one of the most important issues in British politics, drawing in contributions from many diverse areas. This wide-ranging volume, published in association with Charter 88, provides a source-book for the controversy. The debate over the constitution, the contributors show, is at the core of many vital concerns in the political arena. This book goes beyond the classical debates on legal powers to deal with such issues as the relationship between the constitution and economic development, European integration, gender and race. Debating the Constitution shows that for the UK to become a modern European democracy, all kinds of institutions will have to change fundamentally: in style, composition and culture.show more

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  • Hardback | 220 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 498.95g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • index
  • 0745611990
  • 9780745611990

Table of contents

The Contributors Preface Introduction Part I: Towards a Written Constitution 1. The Case for Wholesale Constitutional Reform - James Cornford 2. The Liberal Democrat Written Constitution for the United Kingdom - John MacDonald QC 3. Constitutional Reform and Radical Change - Tony Benn MP and Andrew Hood 4. A Free Market Approach to Constitutional Change - Frank Vibert Part II: The Politics of Rights 5. A Bill of Rights for Britain - Anthony Lester QC 6. The Role of a Bill of Rights in a Democratic Constitution - Francesca Klug 7. Welfare Rights and the Constitution - Ruth Lister 8. Women's Rights in a Citizen's Europe - Elizabeth Meehan 9. `Race', Ethnicity and Constitutional Rights - Yasmin Ali Part III: Electoral Reform: The Three Options 10. The Alternative Vote - Peter Hain MP 11. The Single Transferable Vote - Michael Meadowcroft 12. Vorsprung Durch AMS - Austin Mitchell MP Part IV: Constitutional Reform and Economic Performance 13. Evicting the Rentier State - Will Hutton 14. Collaborative Capitalism and Constitutional Change - David Marquand 15. The Constitution of the Economy in an Age of Human Capital - Geoff Mulgan Part V: Disestablishing the Establishment 16. Making the Civil Service More Accountable - Robert Hazell 17. Towards Accountable Government - Nicholas Deakin 18. Reform of the Judiciary - Sally Hughes 19. Making the Police More Accountable - Sarah Spencer 20. The Media and the Constitution - Jean Seaton Part VI: Devolution, Sovereignty and Interdependence 21. The Necessity of Regionalism - David Byrne 22. The European Constitution - Richard Corbett 23. Democracy and Globilization - David Held Part VII: Building a Culture of Citizenship 24. Democratic Innovation in Scotland - Isobel Lindsay 25. Education for Citizenship - Gus John 26. Imagining a Democratic Culture - Marina Warner Index.show more