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Constitutional Futures Revisited
Britain's Constitution to 2020
Edited by Robert Hazell
 
 
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23 Oct 2008
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The UK is going through a period of unprecedented constitutional change. There is much unfinished business, and further changes still to come. Where are these changes taking us? Will devolution lead to Scottish independence and the break up of the UK? Will a British bill of rights lead to yet more power for the judges? Will the introduction of proportional voting systems at every other level lead to electoral reform at Westminster? And will this mean more power for Parliament, or less?

In this book, leading political scientists and lawyers forecast the impact of these changes on the UK's key institutions and the constitution as a whole. It is an indispensable guide for policy makers, lawyers and judges, the media, academics, students, and anyone interested in the future of the UK's political landscape.


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The UK is going through a period of unprecedented constitutional change. There is much unfinished business, and further changes still to come. Where are these changes taking us? Will devolution lead to Scottish independence and the break up of the UK? Will a British bill of rights lead to yet more power for the judges? Will the introduction of proportional voting systems at every other level lead to electoral reform at Westminster? And will this mean more power for Parliament, or less?

In this book, leading political scientists and lawyers forecast the impact of these changes on the UK's key institutions and the constitution as a whole. It is an indispensable guide for policy makers, lawyers and judges, the media, academics, students, and anyone interested in the future of the UK's political landscape.


Reviews


'Constitutional reform is a process not an event. It is taking us into uncharted waters. All students of the constitution will be grateful to Robert Hazell and the Constitution Unit at University College, London, for Constitutional Futures Revisited, which shows us how to steer past the dangerous shoals and reach dry land.' - Vernon Bogdanor, Professor of Government, Oxford University, UK

'We used to think of the British Constitution as having an illustrious past but not much of a future. The last 10 years have changed all that. The question for lawyers, constitutionalists, politicians, and the public at large is now: where will (and should) it all end up? That is the question this valuable book answers.' - Lord Bingham, Senior Law Lord

 
'Britain's constantly morphing constitutional landscape needs an ace cartographer to make sense of it for the rest of us and in Robert Hazell it has found one. His team of fellow map-makers is very impressive and the result is fascinating.' - Peter Hennessy, FBA, Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History, Queen Mary, University Of London, UK

'Like all good books, Constitutional Futures Revisited provokes as many questions as it answers...[it] has set a new benchmark in terms of state of the art constitutional studies in the United Kingdom.' - Political Studies Review


Contents

Introduction: Forecasting Constitutional Futures; M.Glover & R.Hazell
PART I: THE DECENTRALISED STATE
Scotland and Wales: The Evolution of Devolution; A.Trench
Tying the UK Together? Intergovernmental Relations and the Financial Constitution of the UK; A.Trench
Northern Ireland: Polarisation or Normalisation?; R.Wilson & R.Wilford
Answering the English Question; A.Harding, R.Hazell, M.Burch & J.Rees
The Future of Britishness; A.Aughey
PART II: THE CENTRAL STATE
The Judiciary; A.Le Sueur & K.Malleson
Whitehall; S.L.Greer
The Future of the Monarchy: The Reign of King Charles III; R.M.Morris
PART III: NEW FORMS OF ACCOUNTABILITY
The New Human Rights Culture; C.O'Cinneide
Downward Slope? FOI and Access to Information; M.Glover & S.Holsen
Watchdogs of the Constitution – the Biters Bit?; O.Gay & B.K.Winetrobe
Media Pressures on Politics; P.Riddell
PART IV: REPRESENTATION
Majoritarianism under Pressure: The Electoral and Party Systems; A.Blau
Whither The Parties?; J.Fisher
Parliament: Emasculated or Emancipated?; M.Russell
Conclusion; R.Hazell


Authors

ROBERT HAZELL is Professor of Government and the Constitution at University College London, UK, and Director of the Constitution Unit in UCL's School of Public Policy. Originally a barrister, he was a senior civil servant in the Home Office before becoming Director of the Nuffield Foundation, and then founding the Constitution Unit in 1995.