"Does the United Kingdom Still Have a Constitution?" by Anthony King
- The definition of the term 'constitution'
- The characteristics of the United Kingdom's traditional constitution
- The roles of the two houses of parliament
- The role of the people
- The big changes that this constitution had known
"Does the United Kingdom Still Have a Constitution?" is a book written by Anthony King. It is composed of four chapters based on the Hamly Lectures delivered at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in 2000. The book also contains a short chapter written by John Bridge about the Hamlyn Trust where he talks about the founding of this cycle of lecturers, its development, and its members. This work seeks to identify the main changes in the British constitution answer the question asked in the title: "Does the United Kingdom Still Have a Constitution?" The author begins by exposing the organization and the aims of the book. The first step concerns the nature of the changes he will be dealing with. In fact, King explains that he will concentrate on the most important changes and ignore the trivial ones.
[...] Fractionated is more adequate to describe this system because power is neither hoarded nor totally shared: term seems apt, partly because over recent decades there has occurred a decisive break with the past, but also because over the same decades political power and authority in Britain have, as we have seen, been to a certain extent broken up into fractions or fragments.? The final section of this chapter deals with the reasons that explain the fact that the Britain Constitution was never planned. [...]
[...] Later it had undergone many reforms so as to become as it is today. In the third chapter he studies these changes and the context that generated them. In the United Kingdom Constitution Amended?, the author examines the big changes that this constitution had known. He first explains that it was considered as a model that many countries tried to copy. This high esteem for the British constitution ended with the decline of the empire. Many considered it responsible for its fall. Dissatisfaction with the constitution gave birth to calls for reform. [...]
[...] The question the author tries to answer in this chapter is whether the United Kingdom has a constitution in the small ?c' sense. To answer this question he makes reference to other democratic systems because is impossible to understand the politics of any country without some knowledge of at least a few others?. This opening comparison evokes two archetypes of political systems. The first is what the author calls the ?power- sharing? system and the second is a ?power-hoarding? one. [...]