The Constitution: Its Theory and Interpretation

Geoffrey Marshall

in The British Constitution in the Twentieth Century

Published by British Academy

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780197263198
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734755 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs

The Constitution: Its Theory and Interpretation

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This chapter examines the theory of the British constitution, providing a definition of constitution and describing what theories about the constitution have been held in Britain. It explains that one interpretation of the constitution in Britain is the judicial one, of the large and indeterminate number of statutes and secondary legislation that make up the legal elements in the constitution. The chapter suggests that, in some respects, the conventional rules which regulate certain areas of governmental behaviour have become more crystallised and less debatable in recent years with the promulgation and general acceptance of codes of practice.

Keywords: British constitution; statutes; secondary legislation; conventional rules; governmental behaviour; codes of practice

Chapter.  16470 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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