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The British Constitution in the Twentieth Century$
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Vernon Bogdanor

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263198

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263198.001.0001

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(p.689) 18. Conclusion
The British Constitution in the Twentieth Century

Vernon Bogdanor

British Academy

This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the history of the British constitution in the twentieth century. The findings reveal that while there was widespread confidence in the virtues of the constitution at the beginning of the twentieth century, that confidence seemed to have evaporated. This loss of confidence coincided with a collapse of national self-confidence that had begun in the 1960s when British political and intellectual elites began to come to terms with the fact that Great Britain was falling economically behind her continental competitors.

Keywords:   British constitution, national self-confidence, political elite, intellectual elite, Great Britain, continental competitors

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