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<i>The United Kingdom: What State? What Constitution?</i>

Neil MacCormick

in Questioning Sovereignty

Published in print October 1999 | ISBN: 9780198268765
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191713118 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268765.003.0004

Series: Law, State, and Practical Reason

The United Kingdom: What State? What Constitution?

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This chapter presents an overview of the foundation of the British state, and the way in which its constitutional law came to be perceived as it now is. The issue is approached from the perspective of constitutional theory and the philosophy of law. The aim is to conduct not only an analytical and critical, but also a partially historical, inquiry into the constituting of the United Kingdom, and thus the character of the state it has established. The English constitution is discussed, along with the anomalous case of Scotland as a federal state.

Keywords: United Kingdom; state; constitution; constitutional law; philosophy of law; constitutional theory; Scotland

Chapter.  7674 words. 

Subjects: EU Law

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