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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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Government and the Judiciary

Government and the Judiciary

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(p.333) 9. Government and the Judiciary
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The British Constitution in the Twentieth Century
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Robert Stevens

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263198.003.0009

This chapter examines the changes in the relation between the government and the judiciary in Great Britain during the twentieth century, explaining that, for much of the twentieth century, the judiciary has been thought more of as a dignified and effective element in the constitution. It argues that as Britain moved from oligarchy to democracy, and as utilitarianism and then liberalism became the fashionable order of the day, the Reform Acts made it appear increasingly inappropriate for the judiciary to intrude into the public law arena.

Keywords:   government, judiciary, Great Britain, constitution, oligarchy, democracy, utilitarianism, liberalism, Reform Acts, public law

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