Constitution in Crisis

The New Putney Debates

Author: Denis Galligan

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 1786722968

Category: Political Science

Page: 128

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The debates that began at St Mary's Church, Putney on 28 October 1647 pioneered the liberal, democratic settlement in England: a written constitution, universal suffrage, freedom of conscience and equality before the law. Four centuries later, the 2016 Brexit referendum raised fundamental questions concerning the constitution of the United Kingdom. Following the High Court ruling that the government, under a centuries-old Royal Prerogative, does not have the power to trigger Article 50 to leave the EU, MPs have claimed that we are entering a full-blown constitutional crisis. The parallels between 1647 and 2017 are striking. Government has been toppled, a new leadership has emerged, and the two main parties are in a state of internecine warfare. Parliamentarians do not understand how to reconcile their duty to act for the common good and the result of the referendum. The people are divided and the four nations comprising the United Kingdom are at odds. This volume brings together some of the greatest public intellectuals of their generation to debate the constitutional crisis at the heart of today’s politics. Featuring contributions from a series of high-profile commentators including A.C. Grayling, Vernon Bogdanor, David Runciman and Timothy Garton Ash, this book provides important new perspectives on the most important political debate of the twenty-first century.
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The Secret Government

The Constitution in Crisis : with Excerpts from "An Essay on Watergate"

Author: Bill D. Moyers

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780932020604

Category: Iran-Contra Affair, 1985-1990

Page: 131

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An expose of the secret network of spies, profiteers, and mercenaries that is supported by the White House.
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The Constitution in Crisis

The High Crimes of the Bush Administration and a Blueprint for Impeachment

Author: House Democratic Judiciary Committee Staff

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1626368007

Category: History

Page: 320

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The Republican-led Congress has been notoriously slow to investigate the current Republican administration. For that reason, Representative Conyers of Michigan commissioned his staff to put together the report that became The Constitution in Crisis. It chronicles the deceptions, manipulations, and retributions of President George W. Bush and his administration. Did the President mislead the country in order to invade Iraq? Have suspected “evil-doers” been tortured in violation of U.S. and international laws? Has the National Security Agency eaves-dropped on American citizens in violation of wire tapping laws? This report is a must-read for anyone concerned about the direction of our nation! Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
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Constitution in Crisis

The New Putney Debates

Author: Denis James Galligan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781350985827

Category: Democracy

Page: 178

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"The debates that began at St Mary's Church, Putney on 28 October 1647 pioneered the liberal, democratic settlement in England: a written constitution, universal suffrage, freedom of conscience and equality before the law. Four centuries later, the 2016 Brexit referendum raised fundamental questions concerning the constitution of the United Kingdom. Following the High Court ruling that the government, under a centuries-old Royal Prerogative, does not have the power to trigger Article 50 to leave the EU, MPs have claimed that we are entering a full-blown constitutional crisis. The parallels between 1647 and 2017 are striking. Government has been toppled, a new leadership has emerged, and the two main parties are in a state of internecine warfare. Parliamentarians do not understand how to reconcile their duty to act for the common good and the result of the referendum. The people are divided and the four nations comprising the United Kingdom are at odds. This volume brings together some of the greatest public intellectuals of their generation to debate the constitutional crisis at the heart of today's politics. Featuring contributions from a series of high-profile commentators including A.C. Grayling, Vernon Bogdanor, David Runciman and Timothy Garton Ash, this book provides important new perspectives on the most important political debate of the twenty-first century."--Bloomsbury Publishing.
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Constitutions in Crisis

Political Violence and the Rule of Law

Author: John E. Finn

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0195057384

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 274

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With special reference to the experience of Britain and Germany, this book examines the dilemma faced by constitutional governments in trying to draft anti-terrorist laws while preserving civil liberties.
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The Constitution of European Democracy

Author: Dieter Grimm

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198805128

Category: Law

Page: 252

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Europe is in crisis. With rising unrest among citizens of EU member states exemplified by the UK's decision to leave the EU, and the growing popularity of anti-EU political parties, Dieter Grimm presents the argument that Europe has to change its method of further integration or risks failure.This book, containing essays many of which have not been published in the English language to date, explores how the EU has become over-constitutionalized. Grimm argues that this has left the EU with a democratic deficit leading to the alienation of citizens. This book highlights Europe's democracy problem. The most prominent argument running throughout is that the EU and its decision-making processes have become over-constitutionalized. This is due to the constitutionalization ?of European treaties, which has occurred by raising them to the eminence ofa constitution as a result of the jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice. However, the treaties contain provisions that would be ordinary law in member states. The fact that they enjoy constitutional status in Europe detaches them from the democratic processes in the member states and the EUitself, and contributes to the growing independence of the EU's executive and judicial institutions. The book also asserts that currently the EU does not have enough sources of legitimation to uphold itself, surviving solely on the legitimation provided by member states. One popular remedy is the suggestion of "parliamentarization" of the EU, giving the European Parliament the powers typicallypossessed by national parliaments as a means of heightening its legitimation. This is criticized by Grimm as expanding the Parliament's powers would not change the effects of over-constiutionalization as the Parliament is inferior to the constitution. In order to reduce the EU's legitimacy deficit, Grimm makes several recommendations. The repoliticization of the decision-making processes, which can be achieved by reducing treaties to the capacity necessary for their constitutional function; the reinvigoration of European Parliament elections, byhaving "Europeanized" parties to increase engagement with European society and give voters the opportunity to more immediately influence European politics; and a new division of powers based on subject matter to restrain European expansionism, reserving particular areas of policy to theresponsibility of member states even if this affects the common market.
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