A Constitution for the Common Good: Strengthening Democracy in a Disunited Kingdom (Viewpoints 2nd Revised edition)

A Constitution for the Common Good: Strengthening Democracy in a Disunited Kingdom (Viewpoints 2nd Revised edition)

By: W. Elliot Bulmer (author)Paperback

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Providing a recent history of the Scottish Government's Constitutional Policy since 2011, Bulmer asks what exactly is the 'common good' and what type of constitution would serve it, while also addressing questions of poverty, wealth, inequality and democracy. In this revised edition Bulmer proposes an intermediate position between devolution and independence following the No vote in September 2014.

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W ELLIOT BULMER graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2000. He joined the Royal Navy as a Logistics Officer and spent six months leading a special operations (PSYOPS) team in Iraq. On leaving the Navy in 2006 he embarked on postgraduate studies at the University of Glasgow, focusing on constitutional design, while teaching undergraduate courses in comparative politics, history of political thought and nationalism. In addition to his research he has since been involved in the Constitutional Commission, of where he was Research Director. Bulmer is now working for the Constitution Building Processes Global Programme at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, splitting his time between living in Scotland and The Hague, Netherlands.


Contents Acknowledgements 6 Preface to the Second Edition 9 Introduction 13 Chapter One Does the Constitution still matter? 21 i Independence, Democracy and the Constitution 23 ii Independence, Sovereignty and Folkric 27 iii The Constitutional Debate before the Independence Referendum 29 iv Constitutionalism without Independence? 36 a A Federal United Kingdom 39 b A New Treaty of Union 45 c Home Rule 47 Chapter Two How can Constitutions promote the common good? 52 i The Common Good as the Purpose of the State 53 ii What is the Common Good? 58 iii Common Good, Pluralism and Pre-commitment 61 iv Political Liberty as a Common Good 65 Chapter Three How prescriptive should the Constitution be? 67 i The Case for Procedural Constitutionalism 67 ii The Limits of Prescriptive Constitutionalism 80 iii The Relationship between Procedural and Prescriptive Elements 84 Chapter Four How could the Constitution strengthen democracy? 93 i Direct Democracy 95 ii Representation and Inclusiveness 104 iii Second Chamber: Senate or Tribunate? 117 iv Local Democracy 124 v Democratising Parties 127 Chapter Five How can the Constitution promote good governance and accountability? 131 i Parliamentary Scrutiny and Fourth Branch Institutions 131 ii Recall and Popular Dissolution 139 iii Prime Ministerial Term Limits 143 iv Guarding the Guardians: Supervision of the Military and Security Services 146 Chapter Six How can the Constitution reflect our values and identities? 152 i The Preamble and Para-Consitutional Covenants 152 ii Religion and State 159 iii Monarchy and National Identity 170 Chapter Seven How can the Constitution help us to achieve social justice, tackle poverty and reduce inequality? 177 i Social and Economic Rights 177 ii Judicial or Political Enforcement 181 iii Beyond Rights: Empowering the People 184 Chapter Eight How can the Constitution promote public ethics? 187 i The need for Good Citizenship 188 ii Education for Citizenship 191 iii Principles of Public Life and Codes of Conduct 194 iv Public Honours 199 Chapter Nine How can we build a new constitutional settlement? 201 i Does process matter? 201 ii Stages of the process 208 iii Possible next steps 213 Appendices 219 Appendix A A Constitution for an Independent Scotland 221 Appendix B 'A New Treaty of Union' 270 Appendix C A Home Rule and Full Fiscal Autonomy Settlement for Scotland 277 Appendix D A Constitution for a Federal United Kingdom 284 Endnotes 325

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  • publication date: 15/10/2015
  • ISBN13: 9781910021743
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 325
  • ID: 9781910021743
  • ISBN10: 1910021741
  • edition: 2nd Revised edition

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