- Brian ThompsonBrian ThompsonSenior Lecturer at Liverpool Law School, University of Liverpool
- and Michael GordonMichael GordonSenior Lecturer at Liverpool Law School, University of Liverpool.
Extracts have been chosen from a wide range of historical and contemporary cases to illustrate the reasoning processes of the courts and to show how legal principles are developed. This chapter introduces the idea of a constitution, analyses its various definitions and characteristics, and explores the specific nature of the UK's constitutional arrangements. It then examines the key concepts of legitimacy, democracy, legal and political constitutionalism, the conditioning of power (via the principles of the separation of powers and responsible government), and the state.