Don’t judge a book by its cover….

Although I think the cover of the forthcoming Governing Britain is an attractive one, it is the content that counts.  Given that, I thought it may be worthwhile listing the contents so that any reader minded to buy a copy – and take advantage of the special issue detailed in the previous post – will know what is covered.

There are twelve chapters:

  1. Britain’s uncodified constitution
  2. Constitutional twin pillars: does parliamentary sovereignty trump the rule of law?
  3. Constitutional conventions: when is a convention not a convention?
  4. The constitution, the EU and Brexit: who governs?
  5. Parliament and referendums: direct or representative democracy?
  6. Parliament and the courts: strangers, foes or friends?
  7. The law of Parliament: who polices the rules?
  8. Fixed-term Parliaments: fixed or not so fixed?
  9. Choosing, and removing, a prime minister: who decides?
  10. A deputy to the prime minister: a deputy but not a successor?
  11. Ministerial responsibility: responsibility for what?
  12. Devolution: a disunited kingdom?

Each constitutes a relatively short essay on the subject, each designed to be accessible and identifying the current position.  The opening chapter sets the context.

As reported in the preceding post, a special offer has been arranged for readers of this blog.  You can get a copy for half price if you order it through the publisher’s website quoting the code govbri50.

About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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