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Constitutional and Administrative Law (12th Edition)

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Red Globe Press

Pages: 563
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Macmillan Law Masters

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26 May 2021

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This textbook provides a thorough and accessible introduction to the basic principles of United Kingdom Constitutional and Administrative Law, including Human Rights Law. It has been revised and updated to reflect recent...

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This textbook provides a thorough and accessible introduction to the basic principles of United Kingdom Constitutional and Administrative Law, including Human Rights Law. It has been revised and updated to reflect recent developments, both legal and political. The fundamental concepts of UK Constitutional and Administrative Law are explained in a clear, engaging, succinct style, making them straightforward for students to understand so they build up their knowledge of the subject systematically and thoroughly. 

This book is also an essential starting point for more advanced law students and a valuable source of legal context for political science students alike. Both authoritative and accessible, it enables the reader to appreciate the nature and complexity of this most fundamental part of our legal system.

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  • Takes the reader through the key constitutional structures and the impact of Brexit and guides them step-by-step to a clearer understanding of UK Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Current debates about UK Constitutional and Administrative law and wider controversies surrounding basic doctrines are discussed, promoting a deeper understanding of the subject
  • Student-friendly, pedagogical approach includes key terms and concepts, helpful summaries for each chapter and suggestions for further reading
  • Contains stimulating end-of-chapter exercises to encourage students to assess their understanding and engagement with the text


  • Updated content on Brexit, in particular the changing relationship between Government and Parliament as reflected in the various votes which have taken place over the past few years
  • Questions about the nature of parliamentary proceedings, the role and independence of the Speaker of the House of Commons, and the prerogative power to prorogue Parliament
  • Issues more tangentially related to Brexit such as the process for appointment of a new Prime Minister and arrangements in hung parliaments
  • Important issues in relation to the position of the devolved governments and legislatures vis-à-vis Westminster and more broadly on the implications for creation of a written constitution
  • The continuing utility (or otherwise) of the Fixed Term Parliaments Act 2011

PART I: THE FRAMEWORK OF THE CONSTITUTION.- 1. Introduction: Constitutional Structures.- 2. Underlying Political Traditions.- 3. The Sources of the Constitution.- 4. Historical Landmarks.- 5. An Overview of the Main Institutions of the Constitution.- PART II FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES.- 6. The Rule of Law.- 7. The Separation of Powers.- 8. Parliamentary Sovereignty.- PART III INTERNATIONAL ASPECTS OF THE CONSTITUTION.- 9. The State and the Outside World.- 10. The European Union and Brexit.- PART IV: GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS.- 11. Parliament: Constitutional Position.- 12. The Composition of Parliament and Parliamentary Elections.- 13. Parliamentary Procedure.- 14. The Crown.- 15. Ministers and Departments.- 16. Devolution.- PART V: ADMINISTRATIVE LAW.- 17. The Grounds of Judicial Review, I: Illegality and Ultra Vires.- 18. The Grounds of Judicial Review, II: Beyond Ultra Vires.- 19. Judicial Review Remedies and Procedure.- 20. Administrative Justice.- PART VI: FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS.- 21. Human Rights and Civil Liberties.- 22. The Human Rights Act 1998.- 23. Freedoms of Expression and Assembly.- 24. Government Secrecy.- 25. Exceptional Powers: Security, Emergencies and Terrorism.

Syrett and Alder have maintained the high standards of previous editions and offer comprehensive coverage of the post-Brexit constitutional order without compromising on the level of detail. Students and lecturers will find useful seminar materials in the end of chapter exercises. This book has a permanent place on my Public Law bookshelf. – Ali Raiss-Tousi, Anglia Ruskin University, London
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Keith Syrett is Professor of Health Law and Policy at the University of Bristol Law School, where he teaches public law and health law. His interests include public health law, health systems and policy, global health law and goverance, and human rights.

John Alder is a former Professor of Law at Newcastle and Keele universities. His interests include constitutional and administrative law, housing law and environmental law.

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Keith Syrett is Professor of Health Law and Policy at the University of Bristol Law School, where he teaches public law and health law. His interests include public health law, health systems and policy, global health law and goverance, and human rights.

John Alder is a former Professor of Law at Newcastle and Keele universities. His interests include constitutional and administrative law, housing law and environmental law.

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