Understanding Law - Understanding Public Law

 
9780006862963: Understanding Law - Understanding Public Law

The British Constitution used to be the envy of the world. Now there is hardly any element of it which has not come under attack. In exploring why this has happened, this book explains how the British Constitution works today. In this guide to the current state of the nation's public law, Professor Ganz provides an account of the changes wrought in the law by the deeds and Acts of Conservative administrations since 1979.

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UNDERSTANDING LAW

A seven-volume series of introductions to the core subjects of law: contract, criminal law, equity and trusts, property, public law, tort and the legal system.

PUBLIC LAW

The British constitution used to be the envy of the world; now there is hardly any element of it which has not come under attack. In exploring why this has happened, 'Understanding Public Law' explains how the constitution works today.

The sovereignty of Parliament, once the hallmark of British democracy, has given rise to an elective dictatorship, the government dominating the House of commons through the party machine. the Prime Minister's power has been growing 'vis-a-vis' the Cabinet and Civil Service. The government increasingly uses delegated legislation, and it has greatly centralized power by imposing constraints on local government and the creation of quangos. There has been no corresponding growth in the mechanisms for accountability or public participation in decision-making. But there has been a considerable extension of police powers of arrest, detention and questioning, searching of premises and dealing with public disorder. Fundamental changes to the constitution have been recommended to remedy these effect, such as electoral reform, devolution, a Freedom of Information Act and a Bill of Rights. Without such changes the working of the constitution could be transformed if those elected to power behaved differently. A democracy is only as good as its elected representatives.

Professor Ganz's readable account of the state of public law will both clarify and provoke discussion.

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