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1. UK CONSTITUTION: CONTEXT AND HISTORY PART I: CONSTITUTIONAL CONTEXTS PART II: HISTORY 2. THE SOURCES OF THE CONSTITUTION PART I: SOURCES OF THE CONSTITUTION PART II: CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTIONS 3. CONSTITUTIONAL PRINCIPLES 4. THE CROWN AND THE CONSTITUTION 5. PARLIAMENT PART I: ELECTIONS AND THE HOUSE OF COMMONS PART II: THE HOUSE OF COMMONS PART III: THE HOUSE OF LORDS PART IV: PARLIAMENT AS LEGISLATOR PART V: PARLIAMENT AS WATCHDOG 6. GOVERNMENT AND EXECUTIVE 7. THE CONSTITUTIONAL ROLE OF THE COURTS PART I: SURVEYING THE CONSTITUTIONAL ROLE OF THE COURTS PART II: ADMINISTRATIVE LAW AND JUDICIAL REVIEW PART III: THE CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTION OF RIGHTS AND THE HUMAN RIGHTS ACT 1998 8. DEVOLUTION AND LOCAL GOVERNANCE PART I: DEVOLUTION PART II: DEVOLUTION AND ENGLAND PART III: LOCAL GOVERNMENT 9. CONCLUSION: THE UK CONSTITUTION: FACING THE FUTURE
Peter Leyland is Professor of Public Law at SOAS, University of London and Emeritus of London Metropolitan University.
...Leyland has produced a slim guide to the constitution of the United Kingdom that is both highly readable and impressively thorough. It deserves a place on undergraduate reading lists as a precursor to a more theoretical examination, and given a very reasonable price one hopes that many students will feel able to purchase their own copy. They will certainly find it worth their while. -- CJS Knight * The Cambridge Law Journal * ...provides an excellent discussion of the legal basis of parliamentary sovereignty... -- Alexandra Kelso * Parliamentary Affairs * Signposting is clear and helpful. Bibliographies are to the point...The prose is clear and authoritative. The reader's tour of Britain's constitutional history is efficient. The parliamentary process, including the passage of bills through Westminster, is described accessibly and with concision. The classic texts of constitutional analysis - Dicey, Bagehot, Jennings and the like - are introduced and their contribution summarised. And the radical reforms of the Blair administrations are recounted effectively...a valuable introductory survey. -- Andrew MacDonald * The Law & Politics Book Review * [Leyland's] aim is to provide a concise, contextual and accessible introduction to the UK constitution. To those three Cs one might add a fourth: comparative...Leyland undoubtedly makes good on all four Cs. His written style is admirably clear, conversational and free from jargon. The chapter discussions are punchy and never too drawn out. The arguments and accounts of abstract principles are brought to life with highly topical examples from the UK and beyond...What may seem an unlikely additional plus, given the book's aims, is its ambitious coverage. Just about everything one would expect to find in a much meatier, more advanced textbook is touched upon...It is the perfect companion for overseas students attempting to compare the UK constitution with their own. It will be of immense interest to anybody with a general interest in UK law, politics and history. -- Stuart Lakin * Times Highes Education *