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Democratic DriftMajoritarian Modification and Democratic Anomie in the United Kingdom$
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Matthew Flinders

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199271597

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271597.001.0001

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Meta‐constitutional Orientations

Meta‐constitutional Orientations

(p.17) Chapter 2 Meta‐constitutional Orientations
Democratic Drift

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The ‘Blair paradox’ reflects not a simple shift in orientations (i.e. from majoritarian power‐hoarding to consensual power‐sharing) but a multifaceted attempt to inject a new meta‐constitutional orientation, in terms of a set of core values, principles, and assumptions about the distribution of power and the relationship between political actors, within the existing version (i.e. bi‐constitutionalism).

Keywords:   meta‐constitutional orientations, Blair paradox, bi‐constitutionality, democratic renewal, elite politics, political salience

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