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British Government and the Constitution
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7th Edition


Part of Law in Context

  • Date Published: September 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521185110


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  • Like the immensely successful previous edition of this highly respected work, this new edition has been jointly prepared and thorough updated by Colin Turpin and Adam Tomkins. It takes fully into account constitutional developments under the coalition government and examines the most recent case law of the Supreme Court, the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. While it includes extensive material and commentary on contemporary constitutional practice, the book covers the historical traditions and the continuity of the British constitution as well as the current tide of change. Designed principally for law students, the book includes substantial extracts from parliamentary and other political sources, as well as from legislation and case law, making it ideal for politics and government students. With its fresh design it provides a full yet accessible account of the British constitution at a fascinating moment in its ongoing development.

    • A lively and engaging writing style to make this challenging subject understandable for students new to the subject
    • Extracts from a wide range of sources show how the law is created, interpreted and used, with materials fully integrated into the text for a well-informed discussion of the law
    • Provides coverage of historical traditions and the continuity of the British constitution, as well as recent changes to it
    • Gives extensive coverage of judicial review
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Praise for previous edition: 'Turpin and Tomkins provide a guide that is both immensely detailed and admirably clear [but they also] … aid the reader who is looking for more depth. In this, British Government and the Constitution has always been immensely useful … Turpin and Tomkins have produced a textbook … which is masterly in its treatment of a convoluted and evolutionary area of cross-disciplinary impact. It should be essential reading for students of constitutional law … Any reader looking for the British constitution, how it works and where it does not, will find no better introduction than [this book].' Public Law

    'Turpin and Tomkins is an ideal collection of materials for the study of constitutional law. Its well chosen and varied excerpts (from case-law, committee reports and academic critique) are organized and integrated by an authoritative commentary, offering the student an enticing and challenging introduction to the subject. An engaging juxtaposition of information, ideas and criticism is deftly achieved.' T. R. S. Allan, Professor of Jurisprudence and Public Law, University of Cambridge

    'Authoritative, challenging, accessible: Turpin and Tomkins truly is a winning combination.' Richard Rawlings, University College London

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    Product details

    • Edition: 7th Edition
    • Date Published: September 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521185110
    • length: 910 pages
    • dimensions: 248 x 175 x 35 mm
    • weight: 1.87kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Constitution, State and Beyond:
    1. The British constitutional order
    2. The ideas of the constitution
    3. Constitutional sources
    4. Devolution and the structure of the United Kingdom
    5. The European dimensions
    Part II. Government:
    6. Crown and government
    7. The powers of government
    Part III. Accountability:
    8. Parties, groups and the people
    9. Parliament and the responsibility of government
    10. The courts: judicial review and liability
    Part IV. Liberty:
    11. Liberty and the constitution.

  • Authors

    Colin Turpin, University of Cambridge
    Colin Turpin is a Fellow of Clare College and Reader Emeritus in Public Law at the University of Cambridge.

    Adam Tomkins, University of Glasgow
    Adam Tomkins is the John Millar Professor of Public Law at the University of Glasgow.

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