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Constitutional & Administrative Law

Tenth Edition

Neil Parpworth

April 2018

ISBN: 9780198810704

556 pages

In Stock

Core Texts Series

Price: £29.99

Straight to the heart of public law with this concise and easy-to-read text.



Constitutional and Administrative Law is a clear and concise text which allows students to easily get to the heart of the subject.

  • Concise coverage and approachable writing style allow students to easily understand the foundations of public law
  • Debate is introduced through short extracts and brief summaries which get to the heart of key issues
  • Self-test questions develop students' understanding of the subject
  • Extensive further reading suggestions allow students to supplement their knowledge and widen their understanding

New to this edition

  • Thoroughly updated to cover all the latest developments including the result of the 2016 EU membership referendum, the impact of R (Miller and another) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, and the progress of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill
  • The human rights chapters have also been thoroughly updated and now include discussion of a range of new cases including Poshteh v Kensington and Chelsea Royal London Borough Council, PJS v News Group Newspapers Ltd, and McDonald v McDonald

About the Author(s)

Neil Parpworth, Principal Lecturer in Law, De Montfort University

Table of Contents

    Part I. Fundamental Principles of the Constitution
    1: The meaning of a constitution
    2: Separation of powers
    3: Rule of law
    4: The legislative supremacy of Parliament
    Part II. The Institutional Framework of the Constitution
    5: Parliament
    6: The European Union
    7: The structure of the United Kingdom and devolution
    Part III. Sources of Public Law
    8: Primary and secondary legislation
    9: EU law
    10: Constitutional conventions
    11: Judge-made law
    12: The royal prerogative
    Part IV. Judicial Review of Administrative Action
    13: The nature of judicial review
    14: The grounds for judicial review
    15: Judicial review remedies
    Part V. Alternative Means of Redress
    16: Tribunals, inquiries, and the ombudsmen remedy
    Part VI. Civil Liberties
    17: Freedoms and liberties in the UK
    18: Freedom of expression
    19: Police powers
    20: Freedom of assembly and public order


"Review from previous edition If you are looking for a textbook which will really drive home the key messages of this interesting but complicated area of law, Neil Parpworth's Constitutional & Administrative Law is an excellent choice. The author's writing style is clear and lucid meaning even the most complicated topics are well-covered" - Student Law Journal

Additional Resources

The book is supported by the following online resources:
- General public law updates keep you up-to-date on any significant changes in the law that have occurred since publication of the book
- An extensive 'library' of web links that directs readers to further sources of information on each of the core topics taught as part of a public law course, including websites, audio and video clips, blogs, and journal articles
- A timeline of key dates in British political history provides a fascinating insight into the events that have influenced the development of constitutional and administrative law in the UK

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