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Geoffrey Marshall

Print publication date: 1980

Print ISBN-13: 9780198761211

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198761211.001.0001

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Constitutional Theory

Geoffrey Marshall

Oxford University Press

This book is about ‘constitutional theory’, which is concerned with general ideas on the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government. It deals with conceptual or comparative questions about the structure and working of government, for example, the uses and implications of ideas such as ‘constitution’, ‘state’, ‘sovereignty’, ‘separation of powers’, or ‘judicial review’. It also deals with conceptual or critical questions about the ends or purposes of constitutional government, such as freedom, equality, public order, and the protection of civil rights.

Keywords:   constitutional theory, constitution, state, sovereignty, separation of powers, judicial review, freedom, equality, public order, civil rights

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