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Constitutional Reform in Britain and France : From Human Rights to Brexit.

Author: Elizabeth Gibson-Morgan
Publisher: Cardiff : University of Wales Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book provides a historical, political and legal analysis of the sweeping contemporary transformation of the British and French constitutional frameworks, which culminated in the 2016 referendum on Britain's EU membership. It offers a unique Franco-British perspective on unprecedented constitutional change with a particular emphasis on Wales.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Gibson-Morgan, Elizabeth.
Constitutional Reform in Britain and France : From Human Rights to Brexit.
Cardiff : University of Wales Press, ©2017
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Gibson-Morgan
ISBN: 9781786831231 1786831236
OCLC Number: 1078570673
Notes: A formal separation between the judiciary and the legislature with the Constitutional Reform Act (2005)
Description: 1 online resource (242 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; List of Abbreviations; Foreword; Introduction; Chapter One: Constitutional Change: Codifying the British Constitution, Rewriting the French; The French constitution as a living organism and the British constitution in flux; Amending the British constitution; Revising the constitution of the 'one and indivisible' Republic; Unprecedented constitutional change: towards a constitutional revolution?; Conclusion; Chapter Two: The French Presidency and the British Monarchy: Changed and yet Unchanging Institutions An unbalanced executive-legislative relationship: a common area of concernThe search for the perfect constitution: French hesitations between a presidential regime and a British type of parliamentary regime; Blurred lines between the Head of State and the Head of Government; The nomination of French and British Prime Ministers; The lack of a clear mandate for the French and British Prime Ministers; The presidential drift of the French system and the all-powerful British Prime Minister; The non-accountability of the French President and the British monarch The immunity from suit of the French and British Heads of StateThe French President's political interference and the lobbying practices of the monarch-in-waiting; Conclusion; Chapter Three: Emancipating and Reforming Parliaments in France and the United Kingdom; Rationalised parliamentarianism: its decline in France and its emergence in Britain; Reactivating conventions and constitutional practice in French and English parliamentary law; Reviving bicameralism in the United Kingdom and France; Undemocratically elected yet more legitimate second chambers The House of Lords and the French Senate as counter-powers and custodians of freedoms and stabilityRevisiting the myth of the non-reform of the Senate and the House of Lords; The abolition of the hereditary principle and the end of a structural Conservative majority; The shorter, more democratic mandate of French senators and a better representation of urban constituencies; The election process of French senators partly based on PR and the failed attempt at introducing a form of PR in the UK Parliament; A French Senate-type upper limit as a potential solution for an ever-growing Lords Failed attempts at introducing PR in the French National Assembly and in the CommonsStrengthening parliamentary control over the executive; French 'Questions to the Government' and Prime Minister's Questions in the UK; French and British committees as the cornerstone of parliamentary life; Conclusion; Chapter Four: Better Protecting Human Rights and Strengthening an Independent Judiciary; Asserting the unity of the English judiciary compared with the French division of courts; Strengthening the independence of the judiciary in England and France

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