The Monarchy and the Constitution

Author: Vernon Bogdanor

Publisher: Clarendon Press

ISBN: 9780198293347

Category: Political Science

Page: 340

View: 2899

Vernon Bogdanor analyses the role of constitutional monarchy in a modern democracy, showing how it stabilizes and sustains democratic government. Drawing on its rich history, he reflects on the future of the British monarchy.

The British Monarchy and the French Revolution

Author: Marilyn Morris,Professor Marilyn Morris

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300071443

Category: History

Page: 229

View: 2734

What prevented revolution in Britain during the French revolutionary era? How did George III's monarchy withstand republican challenges? This book examines the British monarchy -- and the values, beliefs, and images attached to it -- during the contentious decade of the 1790s. Through a wide-ranging exploration of loyalist and reform propaganda, newspapers, political caricatures, sermons, and records of prosecution for sedition and treason, Marilyn Morris arrives at a new perspective on the forces of social stability in Britain that prevented revolution and preserved the Crown. Morris reassesses the significance of the ideological exchange in Britain during the French revolutionary period, showing that the so-called failure of the reform movement did not result simply from a stubborn disregard for the reality of the situations in France and Britain. She considers the problems created for reformers by the government's exaggeration of the threat to the monarchy, as well as the influence that reformist arguments had on loyalist ideology. The monarchy, though tradition-bound, continually had to reinvent itself, Morris contends, and its modern incarnation emerged in the later years of George's reign with a style stressing personality, empathy, and domesticity, and a legitimacy based on the monarchy's embodiment of the nation's history. Morris's analysis of the monarchy's image and its incorporation into political argument during a time of upheaval provides new insight into the ways different institutions of the state protected and supported one another. Her discussion also places in perspective speculation about the imminent demise of the monarchy in the 1990s. "Morris engages directlyand intelligently with other historians in the field. She makes a significant contribution to the history of English monarchy". -- Paul Monod, Middlebury College

British Government and the Constitution

Text and Materials

Author: Colin Turpin,Adam Tomkins

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139465366

Category: Law

Page: N.A

View: 6532

The first five editions of this well established book were written by Colin Turpin. This new edition has been prepared jointly by Colin Turpin and Adam Tomkins. This edition sees a major restructuring of the material, as well as a complete updating. New developments such as the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 and recent case law concerning the sovereignty of Parliament, the Human Rights Act, counter-terrorism and protests against the Iraq War, among other matters, are extracted and analysed. While it includes extensive material and commentary on contemporary constitutional reform, Turpin and Tomkins is a book that covers the historical traditions and the continuity of the British constitution as well as the current tide of change. All the chapters contain detailed suggestions for further reading. Designed principally for law students the book includes substantial extracts from parliamentary and other political sources, as well as from legislation and case law. As such it is essential reading also for politics and government students. Much of the material has been reworked and with its fresh design the book provides a detailed yet accessible account of the British constitution at a fascinating moment in its ongoing development.

Natural Rights and the New Republicanism

Author: Michael P. Zuckert

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691059709

Category: History

Page: 410

View: 7325

In Natural Rights and the New Republicanism, Michael Zuckert proposes a new view of the political philosophy that lay behind the founding of the United States. In a book that will interest political scientists, historians, and philosophers, Zuckert looks at the Whig or opposition tradition as it developed in England. He argues that there were, in fact, three opposition traditions: Protestant, Grotian, and Lockean. Before the English Civil War the opposition was inspired by the effort to find the "one true Protestant politics--an effort that was seen to be a failure by the end of the Interregnum period. The Restoration saw the emergence of the Whigs, who sought a way to ground politics free from the sectarian theological-scriptural conflicts of the previous period. The Whigs were particularly influenced by the Dutch natural law philosopher Hugo Grotius. However, as Zuckert shows, by the mid-eighteenth century John Locke had replaced Grotius as the philosopher of the Whigs. Zuckert's analysis concludes with a penetrating examination of John Trenchard and Thomas Gordon, the English "Cato," who, he argues, brought together Lockean political philosophy and pre-existing Whig political science into a new and powerful synthesis. Although it has been misleadingly presented as a separate "classical republican" tradition in recent scholarly discussions, it is this "new republicanism" that served as the philosophical point of departure for the founders of the American republic.

Absolute Monarchy and the Stuart Constitution

Author: Glenn Burgess

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300065329

Category: History

Page: 229

View: 2487

The long-accepted standard view is that the gradual polarization of Court and Parliament during the reigns of James I and Charles I reflected the split between absolutists (who upheld the divine right of the monarchy to rule) and constitutionalists (who resisted tyranny by insisting the monarch was subject to law) and resulted inevitably in civil war.

Politik und Gesellschaft

Abhandlungen zur europäischen Geschichte

Author: Volker Sellin

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3110398605

Category: History

Page: 577

View: 4811

Volker Sellin is one of the most influential historians specializing in both 19th and 20th century history. This volume includes an outstanding selection of his research papers.

The British Constitution: Continuity and Change

A Festschrift for Vernon Bogdanor

Author: Matt Qvortrup

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1782251936

Category: Law

Page: 212

View: 1892

Vernon Bogdanor once told The Guardian that he made 'a living of something that doesn't exist'. He also quipped that the British Constitution can be summed up in eight words: 'Whatever the Queen in Parliament decides is law.' That may still be the case, yet in many ways the once elusive British Constitution has now become much more grounded, much more tangible and much more based on written sources than was previously the case. It now exists in a way in which it previously did not. However, though the changes may seem revolutionary, much of the underlying structure remains unchanged; there are limits to the changes. Where does all this leave the Constitution? Here constitutional experts, political scientists and legal practitioners present up-to-date and in-depth commentaries on their respective areas of expertise. While also a Festschrift in honour of Vernon Bogdanor, this book is above all a comprehensive compendium on the present state of the British Constitution. 'The new constitutional politics has spawned a new constitutional scholarship. This stimulating collection, skilfully put together by Matt Qvortrup, works both as a welcome snapshot of where we are now and as an expert audit, from specialists in law, history and political science, of the deeper issues and of the complex dynamics of continuity and change in the ongoing refashioning of Britain's constitutional architecture.' Kevin Theakston, Professor of British Government, University of Leeds 'The highly distinguished team of scholars assembled by Matt Qvortrup has produced a deeply thought-provoking collection on the profound constitutional changes that have occurred in the UK over the last twenty years. A book worthy of reaching a very wide readership.' Roger Scully, Professor of Political Science, Cardiff University 'Vernon Bogdanor understands like few others the connections between history, politics and institutions - and that is what makes him such an authority on the British system of government.' The Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minister 'I think Vernon's guiding principle at Brasenose was to treat all his students as if they might one day be Prime Minister. At the time, I thought this was a bit over the top, but then a boy studying PPE at Brasenose two years beneath me became Prime Minister.' Toby Young, The Spectator

Liberalism and the Habsburg Monarchy, 1861-1895

Author: J. Kwan

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137366923

Category: History

Page: 308

View: 9060

Often the liberal movement has been viewed through the lens of its later German nationalism. This presents only one facet of a wide-ranging, all-encompassing project to regenerate the Habsburg Monarchy. By analysing its various nuances, this volume provides a new, more positive interpretation of Austro-German liberalism.

The Constitution of the Republic of Austria

A Contextual Analysis

Author: Manfred Stelzer

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1847316492

Category: Law

Page: 294

View: 7010

The Constitution of the Republic of Austria originated in 1920. From the beginning it represented a compromise between deeply opposed political parties with widely divergent moral and political principles. The Constitution deliberately lacked substantive content, was formal in character, and was concerned only with the framework for the everyday political process. Constitutional amendments were, and remain, frequent events. As a result case law interpreting the constitution tended to be conservative in outlook; controversial cases were considered a matter for constitutional amendment rather than constitutional interpretation. Only comparatively recently, in the 1980s, has the Constitutional Court adopted a more expansive constitutional jurisprudence, especially in the field of fundamental rights. While this was to some extent an inevitable result of the influence of the ECtHR, it meant for instance that the principle of proportionality became enshrined in Austrian fundamental rights theory. The Constitutional Court even saw fit to set limits to Parliament's power to amend the Constitution. Becoming a member of the EU in 1995 presented Austria with new challenges, leading inevitably to the creation of a Constitutional Convention and, eventually, major amendments to the Constitution in 2008. This book shows how the Austrian Constitution has been shaped and interpreted by the fundamental events in Austria's modern history. At the same time it emphasises the way in which the Constitution establishes a parliamentary system, with additional presidential features, limited, in turn, by Austria's federal structure and the parliaments of nine states.

The Doctrine of State and the Principles of State Law

Author: Friedrich Julius Stahl

Publisher: WordBridge Publishing

ISBN: 9076660093

Category: Law

Page: 508

View: 1456

Friedrich Julius Stahl was one of Germany's leading constitutional scholars in the 19th century, prior to the advent of Bismarck and the establishment of a united Germany. The Doctrine of State and the Principles of State Law is the centerpiece of his magnum opus, the Philosophy of Law. This is the first English-language translation of this key work of legal and political philosophy. It is written from a Christian and conservative background, but cognizant of and generous toward the liberal mainstream of constitutional opinion that characterized his day. Historians, legal scholars, and philosophical fellow-travelers all will gain greatly by perusing this magnificent yet forgotten work.

War, Domination, and the Monarchy of France

Claude de Seyssel and the Language of Politics in the Renaissance

Author: Rebecca Ard Boone

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004162143

Category: History

Page: 193

View: 2457

Claude de Seyssel's important political treatise, "The Monarchy of France" (1515) illuminates the link between warfare, the state, and the social order in the Renaissance. In his effort to describe a state capable of conquest and expansion, Seyssel envisioned a new social and political order with radical implications for the French monarchy.

The Napoleonic Empire and the New European Political Culture

Author: M. Broers,P. Hicks,A. Guimera

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137271396

Category: History

Page: 332

View: 3076

Napoleon's conquests were spectacular, but behind his wars, is an enduring legacy. A new generation of historians have re-evaluated the Napoleonic era and found that his real achievement was the creation of modern Europe as we know it.

The Constitution of Malaysia

A Contextual Analysis

Author: Andrew Harding

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1847319831

Category: Law

Page: 290

View: 2659

Malaysia's constitution was set at the independence of the Federation of Malaya in 1957 along the lines of the Westminster model, embracing federalism and constitutional monarchy. That it has endured is explained in terms of the social contract agreed between the leaders of the three main ethnic groups (Malay, Chinese, Indian) before independence. However, increasing ethnic tension erupted in violence in 1969, after which the social contract was remade in ways that contradicted the basic assumptions underlying the 1957 Constitution. The outcome was an authoritarian state that implemented affirmative action in an attempt to orchestrate rapid economic development and more equitable distribution. In recent years constitutionalism, as enshrined in the 1957 Constitution but severely challenged during the high-authoritarianism of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's developmental state, has become increasingly relevant once again. However, conflict over religion has replaced ethnicity as a source of discord. This book examines the Malaysian approach to constitutional governance in light of authoritarianism and continuing inter-communal strife, and explains the ways in which a supposedly doomed colonial text has come to be known as 'our constitution'.

Lectures on the Constitution and Laws of England

With a Commentary on Magna Charta, and Illustrations of Many of the English Statutes

Author: Francis Stoughton Sullivan,Gilbert Stuart

Publisher: London : Printed for E. and C. Dilly


Category: Constitutional history

Page: 415

View: 3165


Constitutionalism in Asia in the Early Twenty-First Century

Author: Albert H. Y. Chen

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107043417

Category: History

Page: 449

View: 1244

A systematic and up-to-date account of constitutional developments in sixteen Asian countries, including analysis from a comparative perspective.

Constitutionalism, Legitimacy, and Power

Nineteenth-Century Experiences

Author: Kelly L Grotke,Markus J Prutsch

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191034711

Category: Law

Page: 450

View: 2720

If one counts the production of constitutional documents alone, the nineteenth century can lay claim to being a 'constitutional age'; one in which the generation and reception of constitutional texts served as a centre of gravity around which law and politics consistently revolved. This volume critically re-examines the role of constitutionalism in that period, in order to counter established teleological narratives that imply a consistent development from absolutism towards inclusive, participatory democracy. Various aspects of constitutional histories within and outside of Europe are examined from a comparative, transnational, and multidisciplinary historical perspective, organized around five key themes. The first part looks at constitutions as anti-revolutionary devices, and addresses state building, monarchical constitutionalism, and restorations. The second part takes up constitutions and the justification of new social inequalities, focusing on women's suffrage, human rights, and property. The third part uses individual country studies to take on questions of how constitutions served to promote nationalism. The use of constitutions as instruments of imperialism is covered in the fourth part, and the final part examines the ways that constitutions function simultaneously as legal and political texts. These themes reflect a certain scepticism regarding any easy relationship between stated constitutional ideals and enacted constitutional practices. Taken together, they also function as a general working hypothesis about the role of constitutions in the establishment and maintenance of a domestically and internationally imbalanced status quo, of which we are the present-day inheritors. More particularly, this volume addresses the question of the extent to which nineteenth-century constitutionalism may have set the stage for new forms of domination and discrimination, rather than inaugurating a period of 'progress' and increasing equality.

Inside Out: Rise of the Monarchy

Author: James A. Gauthier J.D.

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 1490734910

Category: Fiction

Page: 228

View: 1031

Inside Out: Rise of the Monarchy is the second volume of a fictional trilogy that addresses the assumption of power by elitist politicians to the exclusion of the electorate and their constitutionally guaranteed rights. The president and congress take action to stop those who elected them from demanding transparency and accountability within the constraints of the constitution. They believe that their actions are warranted and will make our country a better place to live. Patriots begin to protest and the president and congress abrogate the constitution and convert our system of government to that of a feudal system. The president demands to be called King or Your Majesty while referring to senators as lords and members of the house as feudal district managers. Military commanders are replaced and even executed to bring the military into conformance with the new government. The enemy of the new government is conservatism despite the kings references to conservatives as domestic terrorists. Patriots led by headmasters Jeff and Ann of Castleway Academy begin the second revolutionary war to remove the king wannabe and restore the Constitution to the people. Inside Out: Rise of the Monarchy chronicles a president and his congress gone awry as they try to bring the country in line with their beliefs and expectations.

Conversations with the Constitution

Not Just a Piece of Paper

Author: Gregory Craven

Publisher: UNSW Press

ISBN: 9780868404394

Category: History

Page: 250

View: 3648

Describes the bitter power struggles of the Australian constitution's forging, and paints the founding fathers as implausible heroes who managed a profound historical achievement. It talks about parliaments, courts, judges and ministers not just as colorless instruments of the Constitution, but as the walking wounded of political psychology; and it sheds light on today’s great constitutional controversies: Do we need a Bill of Rights? Can federalism work? How can parliament work better? Can we ever be a republic?