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Introduction

John Bell

in French Constitutional Law

Published in print January 1995 | ISBN: 9780198259480
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681967 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198259480.003.0001
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There is currently significant concern in constitutional reform in the United Kingdom, especially in the protection of fundamental rights, relations between central and local government, and the electoral system. This book provides an account of an alternative model that is, in many ways, far closer to the United Kingdom than many common law jurisdictions, particularly those of federal countries. France is a unitary state that, until recently, was a fervent believer in parliamentary sovereignty and the unacceptability of judicial review of legislation. This book also concentrates on the role of law in the Constitution, and the way in which this affects the structure of government. The book is divided into two parts: Part One sets out the basic institutions and principles of the 1958 Constitution; Part Two consists of a selection of constitutional texts and materials, together with a number of important decisions of the Conseil constitutionnel. An overview of the chapters in this book is given.

Keywords: France; constitutional reform; United Kingdom; common law; Constitution; Conseil constitutionnel

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Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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