Parliamentary Sovereignty in the UK Constitution

Process, Politics and Democracy

By Michael Gordon

Now available in paperback! The status of the doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty in the contemporary UK Constitution is much contested. Changes in the architecture of the UK Constitution, diminishing academic reverence for the doctrine, and a more expansive vision of the judicial role all present challenges to the relevance, coherence, and desirability of this constitutional fundamentalism. At a time when the future of the sovereignty of Parliament may look less than assured, this book develops an account of the continuing significance of the doctrine. It argues that a rejuvenation of the manner and form theory is required to understand the present status of parliamentary sovereignty. Addressing the critical challenges to the doctrine, it contends that this conception of legally unlimited legislative power provides the best explanation of contemporary developments in UK constitutional practice, while also possessing a normative appeal that has previously been unrecognized. This modern shift to the manner and form theory is located in an account of the democratic virtue of parliamentary sovereignty, with the book seeking to demonstrate the potential that exists for Parliament (through legislating about the legislative process) to revitalize the UK's political constitution. (Series: Hart Studies in Constitutional Law, Vol. 4) [Subject: Constitutional & Administrative Law, Politics]


Publication Date: 6/29/2017
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781509915422

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