This book draws together a uniquely comprehensive range of sources with the aim of allowing the reader to study the subject in depth, examining constitutional theory, the operation of the constitution and the legal protection for civil rights and ...
liberties in practice. It is of extreme value not only to students at undergraduate and postgraduate level but also to any reader with an interest in public law.
In 1997 the Labour Government was elected on a manifesto promising the most radical and far-reaching package of constitutional reform this century. Much of that programme has now been implemented with the enactment of the Human Rights Act, devolution to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland; the London Mayor; reform of the House of Lords and the Freedom of Information Act. This book provides full coverage of all the above, as well as the Wakeham Report on further reform of the House of Lords, the Terrorism Act 2000 and aspects of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, the growing movement towards greater accountability of the EU institutions and the Amsterdam and Nice Treaties. It presents a variety of critical perspectives, focused in particular upon evaluation of the Blair Government’s constitutional reforms, both in terms of the sources used and the authors' input. The notes and questions aim to challenge common assumptions about the issues covered and to encourage! debate and interest.
It includes full treatment of the major topics relating to Parliament and the Executive. The European Union is considered both as a separate legal system and set of institutions and in terms of its impact on UK law. Unlike most books on public law, distinct topics within the area of civil rights and liberties are given full and separate coverage.