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date: 18 January 2022

p. 1056. Whither the constitution?locked

p. 1056. Whither the constitution?locked

  • Martin Loughlin


‘Whither the constitution?’ discusses the continuing trajectory of the British constitution. The British constitution blends all three of the sources of legitimacy identified by Max Weber: charismatic, traditional, and rational. Only political practice has made the legal powers of the crown accountable to the people. Unfortunately, the constant imaginative reinterpretations of the past have been lost, and the mutual tension of governmental institutions is deteriorating. However, although the traditional idea of a constitution no longer provides a coherent account of the nature of British government, the judiciary has been incrementally creating a modern constitution expressed as a framework of fundamental law.

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