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Constitutional Reform and Democracy: UK

P. P. CRAIG

in Public Law and Democracy in the United Kingdom and the United States of America

Published in print January 1991 | ISBN: 9780198256373
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681646 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198256373.003.0007

Series: Clarendon Law Series

Constitutional Reform and Democracy: UK

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This chapter examines constitutional reform and democracy in the United Kingdom. It discusses four central aspects of the debate on constitutional reform. First, it reviews the eclectic reasons which have been advanced for such reform. Second, it deals with the nature of rights which would be protected if one adopts a Bill of Rights, and the interpretative problems involved in any adjudication. Third, it considers the impact of the membership of the European Convention (EC) on constitutional reform within the United Kingdom. It concludes with a discussion of the prospects for devolution or independence for Scotland and Wales, and examines the way in which it could shape any revised constitutional ordering within the United Kingdom.

Keywords: EC; constitutional reform; UK; Scotland; Wales; Bill of Rights; constitutional change; nationalism

Chapter.  14521 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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