The British Constitution: Continuity and Change

A Festschrift for Vernon Bogdanor

Edited by: Matt Qvortrup

Vernon Bogdanor - one of Britain's foremost constitutional experts who has written extensively on political and constitutional issues - 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? In this book, which is now available in paperback, 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 honor of Vernon Bogdanor, the book is above all a comprehensive compendium on the present state of the British Constitution. *** ''Vernon Bogdanor understands like few others the connections between history, politics and institutions - and that is what makes him such an authority on the British system of government.'' -- The Rt. Hon. David Cameron MP, Prime Minister *** ''...a deeply thought-provoking collection on the profound constitutional changes that have occurred in the UK over the last twenty years. A book worthy of reaching a very wide readership.'' -- Roger Scully, Professor of Political Science, Cardiff U. *** ''...a must read [which] deserves a place on the bookshelf of any novice or experienced constitutional explorer.'' -- Dr. Louise Thompson, Democratic Audit [Subject: Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Politics]


Publication Date: 11/5/2015
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781849469883

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