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What's Wrong with the British Constitution?

Iain McLean


In this provocative new study, Iain McLean argues that the traditional story of the British constitution does not make sense. It purports to be both positive and normative: that is, to describe both how people actually behave and how they ought to behave. In fact, it fails to do either; it is not a correct description and it has no persuasive force. The book goes on to offer a reasoned alternative. The position that still dominates the field of constitutional law is that of parliamentary sovereignty (or supremacy). According to this view, the supreme lawgiver in the United Kingdom is Parliamen ... More

Keywords: British Constitution, Dicey, A. V, parliamentary sovereignty, Act of Union 1707, Budget 1909, Ulster Revolt 1914, UK devolution, European Union, human rights, church and state, head of state, republicanism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199546954
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546954.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Iain McLean, author
Professor of Politics, Oxford University and Official Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford
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