The Future of UK Constitutional Law

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Abstract

Over the past quarter century, UK governance and its constitutional law has undergone a transformation, with a host of modernising reforms taking place affecting almost all parts of its institutional structure and working. 1997 was a particular watershed in government policy and public attitudes toward reform of the constitution, with the Labour Party elected to office that year with a manifesto promising a radical and wide-ranging programme of constitutional change, and a large overall majority in the House of Commons with which to carry it out. Significantly, constitutional reform under both Labour and Conservative governments has been, and continues to be, conducted in an ad hoc rather than coherent or joined-up manner. In addressing the future of UK constitutional law, it is essential to understand the processes and special characteristics of the current arrangements within which it operates. There is now a strong movement across the political spectrum to establish greater controls and mechanisms of accountability over executive power.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Change
EditorsXenophon Contiades, Alkmene Fotiadou
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter22
Number of pages19
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9781351020985
ISBN (Print)9781138496644
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2020

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