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The British Constitution

Continuity and Change: A Festschrift for Vernon Bogdanor

Paperback Engels 2015 9781849469883
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Vernon Bogdanor once told the Guardian that he made 'a living of something that doesn't exist'. He also quipped that the British Constitution can be summed up in eight words: 'Whatever the Queen in Parliament decides is law'. That may still be the case, yet in many ways the once elusive British Constitution has now become much more grounded, much more tangible and much more based on written sources than was previously the case.

It now exists in a way in which it previously did not. However, though the changes may seem revolutionary, much of the underlying structure remains unchanged; there are limits to the changes. Where does all this leave the Constitution? Here constitutional experts, political scientists and legal practitioners present up-to-date and in-depth commentaries on their respective areas of expertise.

While also a Festschrift in honour of Vernon Bogdanor, this book is above all a comprehensive compendium on the present state of the British Constitution.


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Author Biographies vii

Introduction: The British Constitution – Continuity and Change 1
Matt Qvortrup

1 The Changing Constitution in Context 7
David Butler

2 Constitutional Reform Since 1997: The Historians’ Perspective 17
Mike Finn and Anthony Seldon

3 The Constitution and the Public – How Voters Forgot the Constitution 39
Peter Riddell

4 ‘Let Me Take You to a Foreign Land’: The Political and the Legal Constitution 55
Matt Qvortrup

5 The Politics-Free Dimension to the UK Constitution 69 Dawn Oliver

6 Constitutional Conventions 93
David Feldman

7 Continuity and Change in Constitutional Conventions 121
Joseph Jaconelli

8 ‘The Three Hundred and Seven Year Itch’: Scotland and the 2014 Independence Referendum 141
Stephen Tierney

9 Constitutional Change and Parliamentary Sovereignty – the Impossible Dialectic 153
Richard Gordon QC

10 Queen Elizabeth II and the Evolution of the Monarchy 165
Robert Blackburn

11 Constitutional Justice and Constitutional Politics in France 179
Denis Baranger

Epilogue 193

Index 195

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