In Constitutional and Administrative Law, the authors draw upon their extensive teaching and research experience to provide a contemporary and engaging account of the key topics which make up a typical Constitutional & Administrative or Public Law syllabus. Controversial issues and academic debates are also highlighted throughout making this the ideal textbook for anyone requiring a strong understanding of both the black letter principles and the wider socio-political context in which the constitutional arrangements of the UK have developed.
Fully updated with all the latest constitutional and legal developments in this area, this second edition contains:
A dedicated chapter on 'Political Freedoms and Democratic Participation' which offers expanded coverage of important civil liberties, including freedom of expression and the right to vote.
A new section providing an overview of police powers.
Extensive coverage of the implications of the Brexit referendum decision, including the European Union (Withdrawal Bill) 2017 and the ongoing exit negotiations.
Discussion of the implications of the 2017 general election and proposed changes to the Westminster parliamentary constituency boundaries.
An outline of the Strathclyde proposals on the powers of the House of Lords.
Discussion of the mooted replacement of the Human Rights Act 1998 with a British Bill of Rights.
Detailed analysis of a number of significant cases include the Miller decisions, R (Evans) v Attorney General, HS2, and R (UNISON) v Lord Chancellor.
Roger Masterman is Professor of Law at Durham Law School, Durham University. Colin Murray is a Senior Lecturer of Law at Newcastle Law School, Newcastle University.
Preface to the second edition xiii Acknowledgements xvi Table of cases xvii Table of statutes xxxii Part I Constitutional regulation in the absence of a codified constitution 1 1 The purposes and characteristics of constitutions 2 2 The domestic sources of the UK constitution 21 3 The United Kingdom Constitution and international legal orders 55 4 Law, politics and the nature of the United Kingdom Constitution 98 Part II The theory and practice of the United Kingdom Constitution 121 5 Parliamentary sovereignty 122 6 The rule of law 182 7 Separation of powers 221 Part III Central government in the United Kingdom 253 8 The executive 254 9 Parliament (I): the House of Commons 285 10 Parliament (II): the House of Lords 315 11 The United Kingdom Supreme Court and the office of Lord Chancellor: towards an independent judicial branch? 340 Part IV Decentralised government in the United Kingdom 357 12 The United Kingdom's devolution arrangements 358 13 Devolution and the United Kingdom Constitution 393 Part V Accountability (I): responsibility, scrutiny, openness and good administration 429 14 Principles of political accountability 430 15 Parliamentary scrutiny of government 451 16 The Parliamentary Ombudsman 468 17 Freedom of information 485 Part VI Accountability (II): the courts 505 18 Judicial review of administrative action - theory, procedure and remedies 506 19 Judicial review of administrative action - grounds for review 541 20 The European Convention on Human Rights 595 21 The Human Rights Act 1998 647 22 Political freedoms and democratic participation 688 Index 721