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Delegating Rights Protection: The Rise of Bills of Rights in the Westminster World

David Erdos


This book explores bill of rights outcomes in four countries — Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom — whose development exhibits an interesting combination of both commonality and difference. Whilst sharing a core ‘Westminster’ political set‐up, more recent experiences display striking diversity. Comparative analysis of some thirty‐six democracies demonstrates that the historic lack of a bill of rights in Westminster countries is best explained by, firstly, the absence of a clear political transition and, secondly, by their strong British constitutional heritage. Detailed cha ... More

Keywords: bills of rights, human rights/civil liberties, postmaterialist trigger thesis, Westminster constitutionalism, judicial power, political trigger, aversive constitutionalism, Human Rights Act (1998), Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (1982)

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199557769
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557769.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Erdos, author
Katzenbach Research Fellow, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies and Balliol College, University of Oxford
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