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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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The Constitution: Its Theory and Interpretation

The Constitution: Its Theory and Interpretation

(p.29) 2. The Constitution: Its Theory and Interpretation
The British Constitution in the Twentieth Century

Geoffrey Marshall

British Academy

This chapter examines the theory of the British constitution, providing a definition of constitution and describing what theories about the constitution have been held in Britain. It explains that one interpretation of the constitution in Britain is the judicial one, of the large and indeterminate number of statutes and secondary legislation that make up the legal elements in the constitution. The chapter suggests that, in some respects, the conventional rules which regulate certain areas of governmental behaviour have become more crystallised and less debatable in recent years with the promulgation and general acceptance of codes of practice.

Keywords:   British constitution, statutes, secondary legislation, conventional rules, governmental behaviour, codes of practice

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