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The Oxford History of the Laws of EnglandVolume XIII: 1820–1914 Fields of Development$
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William Cornish, J Stuart Anderson, Ray Cocks, Michael Lobban, Patrick Polden, and Keith Smith

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199239757

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239757.001.0001

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(p.598) VII Conclusion
The Oxford History of the Laws of England

Raymond Cocks

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a discussion of the expansion of social legislation in Britain, focusing on the works of Albert Venn Dicey, which have framed the debate about reforming statutes in the sense that even his critics have related their ideas to his thoughts. It then discusses the work of O. MacDonagh, who saw five stages in the production of legislative change. The chapter considers expertise in the making of statutes and explaining the reforming legislation.

Keywords:   English law, legislative reform, legislative change, statutes, Albert Venn Dicey, O. MacDonagh

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