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(p. 1) 1. Constitutional Law in the United Kingdom 

(p. 1) 1. Constitutional Law in the United Kingdom
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(p. 1) 1. Constitutional Law in the United Kingdom
Author(s):

Brian Thompson

and Michael Gordon

DOI:
10.1093/he/9780198767732.003.0001
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date: 18 May 2021

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.

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