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NEW DIRECTIONS IN BRITISH POLITICS?

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NEW DIRECTIONS IN BRITISH POLITICS?

Essays on the Evolving Constitution

9781852783501 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Philip Norton, Professor of Government, University of Hull, UK
Publication Date: 1991 ISBN: 978 1 85278 350 1 Extent: 208 pp
This valauble book presents fresh perspectives on constitutional change in modern Britain. Each contributor – a leading authority in his particular field – focuses on an institution or aspect of the constitution and asks what has changed, why has it changed and what is likely to happen in the future. In conclusion, Philip Norton challenges the growing pressure for a new constitutional settlement. The British system of government, he argues, is under threat from a fragmentation of power: it needs to be protected not weakened. A new constitution offers the prospect of political inertia and failed expectations.

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This valauble book presents fresh perspectives on constitutional change in modern Britain. Each contributor – a leading authority in his particular field - focuses on an institution or aspect of the constitution and asks what has changed, why has it changed and what is likely to happen in the future. In conclusion, Philip Norton challenges the growing pressure for a new constitutional settlement. The British system of government, he argues, is under threat from a fragmentation of power: it needs to be protected not weakened. A new constitution offers the prospect of political inertia and failed expectations.

The book will be essential and stimulating reading for both students and practitioners of British politics.
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‘It is an ideal volume to stimulate discussion among students of British government, central and local.’
– G.W. Jones, Local Government Studies

‘. . . this book contains a good deal that is informative. It achieves its goal of avoiding a rehash of the constitutional debate familiar from other sources. And although focusing on some of the less common themes, still contributes to current discussion of future developments in the British system.’
– Jorgen Rasmussen, British Politics Group Newsletter
Contents
Contents: 1. Introduction (Philip Norton) 2. How Much Room at the Top? Margaret Thatcher, the Cabinet and Power Sharing (Peter Hennessy) 3. Judicial Independence in Britain: Challenges Real and Threats Imagined (Gavin Drewry) 4. The Changing Face of Parliament – Lobbying and its Consequences (Philip Norton) 5. Now Nobody Understands the System: The Changing Face of Local Government (R.A.W. Rhodes) 6. The Community and Britain: The Changing Relationship Between London and Brussels (Lord Clinton-Davis) 7. Parliamentary Sovereignty in the 1990s (J. Enoch Powell) 8. In Defence of the Constitution – A Riposte to the Radicals (Philip Norton)
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