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Public Law Directions

Anne Dennett

April 2019

ISBN: 9780198807315

512 pages


Price: £34.99

This is the most student-friendly guide to the subject; empowering students to evaluate the law, understand its practical application, and approach assessments with confidence.



A considered balance of depth, detail, context, and critique, Public Law Directions offers the most student-friendly guide to the subject; empowering students to evaluate the law, understand its practical application, and approach assessments with confidence.

  • Gain a complete understanding of the topic: we won't overload or leave your students short, just the right amount of detail conveyed clearly
  • Understand the law in context: with scene-setting introductions and highlighted case extracts, the practical importance of the law becomes clear
  • Identify when and how to evaluate the law critically: we'll introduce the key areas of debate and give your students the confidence to question the law
  • Direct and consolidate their knowledge: visually engaging learning and self-testing features aid understanding and help your students tackle assessments with confidence
  • Elevate their learning: with the ground-work in place your students can aspire to take their learning to the next level, the authors provide direction on going further

About the Author(s)

Anne Dennett, Senior Lecturer, University of Lincoln

Table of Contents

    Part 1: The UK Constitution
    1:Introducing constitutions and public law
    2:How the UK constitution has developed
    3:The features and sources of the UK constitution
    4:How the UK is organised
    Part 2: Important Constitutional Principles and Values
    5:Parliamentary sovereignty
    6:Separation of powers
    7:Rule of law
    8:Constitutional rights and values
    Part 3: The Allocation of Power in the UK: the Three Arms of State
    9:The House of Commons
    10:The House of Lords
    11:The key functions of Parliament
    12:The executive
    13:The judiciary
    Part 4: The Relationship Between the Individual and the State
    14:Challenging Government action
    15:Introduction to Judicial review
    16:Judicial review
    17:The Human Rights Act 1998
    18:Human rights in action
    19:Police powers


"There is no textbook on the market that approaches the subject like this one does. This is an excellent book and will be welcomed by lecturers of public law who find it hard to enthuse students about this subject. The author has not only paid attention to the content but also to the teacher and student, and this is much appreciated" - Dr Nirmala Pillay, Senior Lecturer, Liverpool John Moores University

"There is something novel about this textbook. The chapters are refreshing in terms of content and style. I really like all the references to current affairs. These are excellent and make the chapters really stand out" - Annalisa Meloni, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of East London

"The book is pitched to the right level for students who are new to public law. It is simpler and easier to read than many of the existing textbooks without compromising on content" - Sylvie Bacquet, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Westminster

"This textbook provides a good foundation, but also goes into more detail on key issues. It does not shy away from critical consideration of knotty problems" - Thomas E Webb, Lecturer in Law, Lancaster University

Additional Resources

This book is accompanied by the following online resources:
-Updates from the author to help students keep up-to-date with this fast-moving subject
-Guidance on answering the exam questions from the book
-Multiple choice questions with instant feedback to allow students to test themselves
-A library of weblinks and advice on which websites students should use when planning their own research
-A flashcard glossaryof key terms
-A timeline of key events in public law

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