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The British Constitution: A Very Short Introduction

Martin Loughlin

April 2013

ISBN: 9780199697694

152 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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The British constitution has grown organically in response to changes in its economic, political, and social environment, and is not contained in a single authoritative text. In this Very Short Introduction, Martin Loughlin examines the nature and authority of the constitution, and its challenging prospects for the future.

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The British constitution has grown organically in response to changes in its economic, political, and social environment, and is not contained in a single authoritative text. In this Very Short Introduction, Martin Loughlin examines the nature and authority of the constitution, and its challenging prospects for the future.

  • An exploration of one of the most unique constitutional arrangements in the world
  • Considers the scope and nature of the British constitution
  • Explores the challenges that have been generated by the British approach
  • Examines the future prospects of the British constitution, in a changing and ever-changing political environment
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introduction series

About the Author(s)

Martin Loughlin, Professor of Public Law, London School of Economics & Political Science

Martin Loughlin is Professor of Public Law at the London School of Economics. He previously held professorial appointments at the Universities of Glasgow and Manchester. His publications include Sword and Scales (2000), The Idea of Public Law (2003), and Foundations of Public Law (2010). He is a Fellow of the British Academy. In 2012-13, he is the Martin and Kathleen Crane Fellow in the Law and Public Affairs Program and Visiting Professor at Princeton University.

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1: What constitution?
    2: Writing the constitution
    3: Parliamentary government
    4: The expansion and contraction of the English state
    5: Civil liberty
    6: Whiter the constitution?
    References and further reading

Reviews

"Oxford has managed to get one of the most sophisticated British scholars of modern public law to produce a brief and readable account." - London Review of Books