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The Changing Constitution

Kevin Harrison, Tony Boyd

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This textbook provides an introduction to the topical subject of constitutional change in Britain. It considers the historical origins of the constitution but its main focus is on recent reforms and their likely impact.

It includes chapters on:

  • The Legislature: The House of Commons and the House of Lords
  • The Executive
  • The Judiciary
  • The Debate over a Written Constitution and a Bill of Rights for the UK
  • Devolution: Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the English Regions
  • Electoral Reform and Referenda
  • The European Union and the United Kingdom Constitution
  • The 'Hollowing Out of the State'

The key theme running throughout the book is the debate as to whether the constitution has undergone a revolutionary transformation or has gradually evolved.

Key Features:

  • Includes up-to-date examples of constutional change in Britain
  • Offers a readable, stimulating and provocative introduction to the subject
  • Covers all the major issues surrounding the constitution in Britain

Contents

Introduction: What is a Constitution?
1. Historical Background to the Constitution
2. The Legislature: The House of Commons and the House of Lords
3. The Executive
4. The Judiciary
5. The Debate over a Written Constitution and a Bill of Rights for the UK
6. Devolution: Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the English Regions
7. Electoral Reform and Referenda
8. The European Union and the United Kingdom Constitution
9. The 'Hollowing Out of the State'
Conclusion: A Constitutional Agenda?.

About the Author

Kevin Harrison is Lecturer in Politics at Manchester College of Arts and Technology; Associate Lecturer at the Open University. Co-author (with Tony Boyd) of Understanding Political Ideas and Movements (MUP, 2003).

Tony Boyd taught Politics and Modern History at Loretto College, Xaverian VIth Form College, and Withington Girls School, all in Manchester.

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