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Constitutional and Administrative Law (Public Law) is a dynamic and challenging area of law which has an impact on all of our lives. Whenever a government is elected, a new piece of legislation is passed or a citizen's rights are abused, it is Public Law which provides the legal framework within which government and administration functions.
Hilaire Barnett's classic textbook equips students with an understanding of the constitution's past, present and future by analysing and illustrating the political and socio-historical contexts which have shaped the major rules and principles of public law, as well as ongoing constitutional reform.
Having undergone a rigorous editing process to offer a more concise account of public law today, contemporary developments covered in this edition include the UK's first coalition government for nearly 60 years, and recent proposals to introduce fixed-term parliaments and electoral reform.
Key learning features include:
Mapped to the common course outline, this textbook offers full coverage of the Public Law syllabus. Written in a clear and understandable style, Constitutional and Administrative Law is an invaluable resource for every student of Public Law.
"Barnett is based on high academic standards while being easy to read and to understand ... it is the perfect introductory text." Alexander Fischer, Lecturer in Law, SOAS, University of London
"Clear, detailed and thorough ... students really enjoy this textbook and I strongly recommend it." Javier Oliva, Lecturer in Law, Bangor University
"Complete, precise and clear ... extremely suitable." Caroline Fournet, Lecturer in Law, University of Exeter
"Utterly reliable." Nick Howard, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Glamorgan
"The book is authoritative, thorough, well structured, clear and coherent." Philip Jones, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of the West of England
"..a sophisticated blend of legal material and theoretical ideas." David Radlett, Lecturer in Law, University of Kent
Part I: General Introduction 1. Introduction: The United Kingdom and Its Constitution 2. Sources of the Constitution Part II: Fundamental Constitutional Concepts 3. The Rule of Law 4. The Separation of Powers 5. The Royal Prerogative 6. Parliamentary Sovereignty Part III: The European Community and Union 7. Structures and Institutions 8. European Community Law and National Law Part IV: Central, Regional and Local Government 9. Central Government 10. Responsible Government 11. Devolution and Local Government Part V:Parliament 12. The Electoral System 13. Introduction to the House of Commons 14. The Legislative Process 15. Scrutiny of the Executive 16. The House of Lords 17. Parliamentary Privilege Part VI: The Individual and the State 18. The Protection of Human Rights 19. Freedom of Expression and Privacy 20. Freedom of Association and Assembly 21. The Police and Police Powers 22. State Security Part VII: Administrative Law 23. Judicial Review: Introduction, Jurisdiction and Procedure 24. Grounds for Judicial Review I: the Substantive Grounds for Judicial Review 25. Grounds for Judicial Review II: Procedural Grounds: Procedural Impropriety 26. Commissioners for Administration: Ombudsmen and Tribunals