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A Century of Constitutional Reform

Philip Norton (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4443-3894-2
124 pages
February 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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A Century of Constitutional Reform is a detailed study of the introduction, passage and consequences of major constitutional legislation in the United Kingdom. The book covers legislation enacted since the passage of the Parliament Act 1911, with contributions from leading specialists.
  • Examines in depth the legislation that has shaped the constitution of the United Kingdom since the passage of the Parliament Act 1911
  • Provides a systematic study of the reasons for the introduction of the measures, their passage through Parliament
  • Discusses the effects of legislation and the extent to which the laws both achieved their purpose and their unintended consequences
  • Each contribution is written by a specialist in the field
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Table of Contents

List of Contributors.

1. Introduction: A Century of Change (Philip Norton).

2. Hedging and Ditching: The Parliament Act 1911 (Chris Ballinger).

3. Laying the Foundations of the Modern Voting System: The Representation of the People Act 1918 (Robert Blackburn).

4. Divided Loyalties: The European Communities Act 1972 (Philip Norton).

5. Extending the Role of the Courts: The Human Rights Act 1998 (David Feldman).

6. Enacting Scotland’s ‘Written Constitution’: The Scotland Act 1998 (Barry K. Winetrobe).

7. Stages and Muddles: The House of Lords Act 1999 (Alexandra Kelso).


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Author Information

Philip Norton (Lord Norton of Louth) is professor of government and director of the Centre for Legislative Studies in the University of Hull. His publications include 28 books, including Parliament in British Politics (2005), The British Polity (2010) and Parliaments in Western Europe (3 vols, 1998–2002). He has served as president of the Politics Association and of the British Politics Group in the USA and as co-chair of the Research Committee of Legislative Specialists of the International Political Science Association. He was elevated to the peerage and served as first chairman of the house of lords select committee on the constitution.
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