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Over the last two decades political scientists have broadened their interest to include the constitution, and the result has been a number of informative books on the subject Ian McLean's new contribution is one of the, if not the, best of the lot. It combines enlightening history, careful empirical analysis, and provocative prescriptions this wise and thoughtful book that deserves careful attention from students of both British politics and comparative constitutions. (The British Politics Group newsletter, APSA)

McLean's iconoclastic enterprise requires precision, and the book delivers. His intelligent application of rational choice theory provides useful insights into taken-for-granted history. Not everyone will agree with his prescriptions, but everyone interested in Britain's constitution political scientists, historians or lawyers should buy this book. It is a splendid and original addition to the literature. (Nicholas Allen, Political Studies Review)

This path-breaking book rediscovers forgotten themes that unite Britain and America into a common constitutional tradition. McLean's account of the British Constitution will provoke a broad-ranging, and international, debate. (Bruce Ackerman, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University)

Iain McLean is a fascinating guide to the British Constitution, fundamental aspects of which have been largely invisible within a narrowly anglocentric tradition of constitutional analysis and interpretation. Public lawyers, in particular, have much to learn from McLean. (Colin Kidd, Professor of Modern History, University of Glasgow)

The received doctrine, which goes back to the late 19th-century legal theorist A.V. Dicey, is that there is no limit to what the Queen in Parliament can do: make wars, abrogate individual rights, suspend habeas corpus, and so on. Iain McLean, the Oxford professor of politics, has written a new book, Whats Wrong with the British Constitution?, arguing that this is obsolete, if it was ever trueA viable constitution should contain rules for its own amendment, as the US constitution doesNo written document can prevent misconduct, but it can raise barriers to make such misconduct more difficult. (Samuel Brittan, Financial Times, April 2010)

...public lawyers willing to embrace other disciplines will enjoy this book, which is a radical political scientist's critique of the British Constitution...It is a radical spirit that he writes, and with equal sharpness and verve: a treat for those who are willing to be provoked as well as educated and informed (Professor Robert Hazell, Public Law)

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