Governing Britain: Parliament, Ministers and Our Ambiguous Constitution is now in press and is being published by Manchester University Press in May, priced at £16.99.
The book derives from the recognition that our uncodified constitution is marked by what Michael Foley identified as constitutional ‘abeyances’, understandings that are largely unspoken and which may embody contradictions and uncertain edges, and which are maintained by ‘studied inattention’. Abeyances, he noted, are valuable, not despite their obscurity, but because of it. In recent years, conflicts and major constitutional reforms, notable for their number as well as significance, have given rise to previously unspoken understandings being questioned. The book addresses questions arising from these changes and which in some measure break the silence of the constitution. The work examines the principles underpinning the constitution, primarily parliamentary sovereignty and the rule of law, constitutional conventions and practices, the extent to which they are contested and how they shape the relationships at the heart of government. The focus is on features that are ambiguous or misunderstood and the implications of recent constitutional and political change.
And now, a first for the blog….
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