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The Impetus to Change

Anthony King

in The British Constitution

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780199576982
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702235 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576982.003.0004
The Impetus to Change

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This chapter highlights the need for Britain to undergo a change in its constitution. There are several reasons why Britain should undergo a constitutional change. Britain lost both its vast empire and its historic status as a great world power. By the mid 1960s, the union had been hauled down in almost every one of Britain’s former colonies. Britain was no longer an imperial power. Moreover, the 1960 revolution affected much of the Western world including the United States, but its impact on Britain was especially profound. The revolt amounted to a frontal assault, not on Britain’s small-c constitution as such but on the political culture that had for so long underpinned it.

Keywords: Britain; constitution; constitutional change; United States; small-c constitution; political culture

Chapter.  12683 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: UK Politics

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