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Reasons to be thankful there’s no separation of powers in the UK

Tomorrow morning, several hundred thousand employees of the US federal government will return to work. Aside from the politics of the moment, the federal government shutdown is in many respects the product of the US Constitution, and in particular the … Continue reading

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Will Scotland have its constitutional moment?

The constitutional expert, Vernon Bogdanor, observes that one reason why Britain has never adopted a written, or codified, constitution is that unlike many other democracies, Britain has never enjoyed a ‘constitutional moment’. A point, which in many states followed revolution or independence, … Continue reading

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Peter Hennessy and the writing down of the British Constitution

Professor Peter Hennessy is one of the best chroniclers of the British constitution, partly because his work is so readable, because he is so well-connected, and also because of his fondness for asking the ‘what if?’ questions about the constitution. … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing a written constitution

Neatly timed to coincide with the start of a new academic year, when up and down the country students of law and politics will be discussing the relative merits of a written constitution, the London School of Economics Institute of … Continue reading

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Last preserve of the ‘establishment’? Who are the Privy Council?

This week the Privy Council will make a decision about the form of press regulation to be introduced following the Leveson Inquiry, but what exactly is this mystical body which is being invoked to solves the nation’s problems? The Privy … Continue reading

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