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Reinventing Britain
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Contrary to popular myth, Britain does have a constitution, one that is uncodified and commanded little political interest for most of the twentieth century. In the late 1990s, Tony Blair's New Labour Government launched a program of reform that was striking in its ambition. Reinventing Britain tells the story of Britain's constitutional reform and weighs its long-term significance, with essays both by officials who worked on the reforms and by other leading commentators and academics from Britain and North America.

Contributors: Mark Bevir, Jack Citrin, Joseph Fletcher, Robert Hazell, Ailsa Henderson, Kate Malleson, Craig Parsons, Kenneth MacKenzie, Peter Riddell

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-ii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Part I: The story
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1 What happened next: constitutional change under New Labour
  2. pp. 3-28
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  1. Part II: Origins
  2. pp. 29-30
  1. 2 Labour’s conversion to constitutional reform
  2. pp. 31-54
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  1. 3 Socialism and democracy
  2. pp. 55-75
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  1. 4 Rights culture and constitutional reform
  2. pp. 76-100
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  1. Part III: Process
  2. pp. 101-102
  1. 5 How the reforms came about
  2. pp. 103-130
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  1. Part IV: Meaning
  2. pp. 131-132
  1. 6 Judicial reform: the emergence of the third branch of government
  2. pp. 133-150
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  1. 7 A porous and pragmatic settlement: asymmetrical devolution and democratic constraint in Scotland and Wales
  2. pp. 151-169
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  1. 8 Britain and Europe: a tale of two constitutions
  2. pp. 170-192
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  1. 9 Constitutional reform and British political identity
  2. pp. 193-218
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  1. About the contributors
  2. pp. 219-220
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 221-241
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  1. Appendices
  2. pp. 242-256
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 257-261
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