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Introduction
An unwritten constitution
What are constitutions for
Support for the unwritten constitution - the Whig view
Support for the unwritten constitution - westminster model
Support for the Unwritten Constitution - From the 1970s
What is the British Constitution - Common Law
The Common Law - The Royal Prerogative
The British Constitution - Statute Law
More on Statute Law
The British Constitution - Constitutional Conventions
Authoritative Sources
New Labour and Devolution
New Labour and FOI
New Labour and Human Rights
New Labour and Local Government
New Labour and Monetary Policy
New Labour and Political Parties
New Labour and the House of Lords
New Labour and the Judiciary
Significance since 1997
The Coalition
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University 18 Yrs + | Constitutional Change

Authoritative Sources on the Constitution


It is also held that books by key writers who have tried to explain Constitution form part of the Constitution itself, although it is not always clear why particular books are quoted or which bits of the books are relevant.  

Three books are most generally referred to:-

  • Albert Dicey An Introduction to the Study of the Law of the Constitution, 1885 which upholds the principle of Parliamentary Sovereignty
  • Walter Bagehot The English Constitution 1867.  Bagehot’s definition of the role of the Monarch in relation to the Prime Minister being the right to be consulted, the right to encourage and the right to warn, is still seen as an important constitutional convention.
  • Erskine May Parliamentary Practice though this is mainly about how Parliament should conduct its business

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