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Published: 03 April 2014

896 Pages


ISBN: 9780199665181

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Public Law

Second Edition

Mark Elliott and Robert Thomas

  • Coverage of black-letter law is combined with political and theoretical analysis to provide context for students new to the subject, allowing them to understand the background behind all of the key principles and latest developments
  • The book is based around three key themes that provide a structured approach to the subject and help the student to understand the interlinked nature of public law
  • Questions are posed throughout each chapter to encourage active learning and help students to grasp the analytical nature of the subject
  • Clearly reproduced figures provide visual representations of complex concepts and help visual learners to engage with the content
  • The clear and accessible writing style holds students' attention and explains to them how and why the subject is of essential importance to everyday life in the UK

New to this Edition:

  • Short 'expert commentaries' are included at the end of many chapters, in which a range of leading public law scholars and distinguished figures provide a thought-provoking discussion of the key themes or issues raised in the chapter. These commentaries help students to engage with key issues and provide them with valuable additional perspectives
  • A new chapter on police powers provides a guide for students to the essential aspects of this key topic
  • Fully updated to cover all the latest developments and debates, such as: constitutional developments introduced by the coalition government; the increasingly significant role of select committees; the Leveson inquiry; the referendum on Scottish independence; and the UK's relationship with the European Court of Human Rights. There is also coverage of recent significant cases (AXA, Cart, Chaytor),and legislation (the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011, the European Union Act 2011, the Public Bodies Act 2011, the Localism Act 2011, the Crime and Courts Act 2013)

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