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(p. 1) 1. The UK Constitution 

(p. 1) 1. The UK Constitution
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(p. 1) 1. The UK Constitution
Author(s):

John Stanton

and Craig Prescott

DOI:
10.1093/he/9780198722939.003.0001
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date: 25 April 2019

This chapter provides an introduction to the UK Constitution and sets out a foundation upon which discussions in later chapters further develop. It starts by exploring definitions of constitutions, placing the unique UK system within commonly accepted themes and characteristics. It then moves to explain the nature and form of the UK Constitution and some of the sources of which it is constructed, as well as exploring some of the more theoretical considerations as regards its character, including the way in which it is legitimised. The final section entertains academic questions concerning whether or not the UK can be said to have a constitution, including discussion of the case for and against a codified system.

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