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Constitutional reform in the United Kingdom

Oliver, D.; (2003) Constitutional reform in the United Kingdom. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK.

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Abstract

Book description: Discusses all significant developments in the government's constitutional reform programme: e.g. devolution of power in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and the impact of Europe on the constitution. # Analyses the implications of the reforms for the theories of democracy, citizenship and good governance within a UK context # An informative and detailed account of constitutional reform written in an accessible style for students on both law and politics courses # Presents both the legal and political issues raised by current reforms and the future reform agenda # Well-referenced to aid further research and offers an extensive bibliography and list of official publications # The author is well-qualified in the field of constitutional law having written extensively on the subject and has been a member of the Study of Parliament Group since 1994. This new account of constitutional reform in the UK offers a detailed discussion of all the significant changes that have developed following the elections of 1997 and 2001. Issues discussed include the recent devolution of power in Scotland and elections of Assemblies in Wales and Northern Ireland; reform of the House of Lords and the system of hereditary peers; the influence of the Human Rights Act, changes to electoral systems and party funding and the significance of the European dimension on the British Constitution. Dawn Oliver presents a broad overview of the latest developments in constitutional reform while analysing the implications of these reforms for the theories of democracy, citizenship and good governance within an UK context. Discussion is also given on the gradual move away from a political constitution to a more law-based system, the general ethics and standards within Parliament and consideration of possible future reforms in the areas of regional government, the House of Lords and the House of Commons. Written in a straightforward and accessible style, the text is well referenced to aid further research and offers an extensive bibliography and list of official publications. It is essential reading for all those studying constitutional law and reform as part of their law or politics degree programmes, while academics and civil servants in these areas will also find the discussions and analysis in the work of interest.

Type:Book
Title:Constitutional reform in the United Kingdom
ISBN-13:9780198765462
Publisher version:http://www.oup.com/uk/catalogue/?ci=9780198765462
Language:English
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Laws

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