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Democratic Drift – Majoritarian Modification and Democratic Anomie in the United Kingdom - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Democratic Drift: Majoritarian Modification and Democratic Anomie in the United Kingdom

Matthew Flinders


Although there is no doubt that the constitution has been significantly reformed since the election of New Labour in May 1997 the degree to which these reforms have altered the nature of democracy in the United Kingdom remains highly contested. A major problem within this debate is that it has become polarized around a binary distinction between power‐sharing and power‐hoarding models of democracy when the contemporary situation is actually far more complex. This book draws upon theories and methods from comparative political analysis in order to argue and then demonstrate three central and in ... More

Keywords: Majoritarian modification, Lijphart, constitutional reform, democratic drift, constitutional anomie, constitutional morality, bi‐constitutionality, Westminster model, democratic renewal, ‘Blair paradox’, politics of public expectations, comparative politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199271597
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271597.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Flinders, author
Professor of Parliamentary Government and Governance, University of Sheffield
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