Developments in British Politics 4 by Patrick G. Dunleavy, Andrew Gamble, Gillian Peele

By Patrick G. Dunleavy, Andrew Gamble, Gillian Peele

Reviews on prior variants comprise: 'Excellent: up to date, covers key issues, basically written, tremendous tables. quantity four is the easiest of the series.' - Professor G.W. Jones, London university of Economics 'An resolution to our prayers.' - Professor P. Pulzer, All Souls collage, Oxford 'The general all through [is] of the top, and the publication coheres well...Truly a publication which no severe pupil of British politics might be able to do without.' - invoice Jones, Political reviews carrying on with the culture of authoritative, up to date and theoretically-informed research tested in prior advancements books, thoroughly new chapters via a brand new staff of specialist authors supply a accomplished creation to British politics this day together with an overview of the implications and influence of the final Election.

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In 1992 the new Lord Chief Justice, Lord Taylor of Gosforth, delivered a Dimbleby Lecture which was critical of the status quo but directed the judiciary's attention to a series of problems more concerned with the administration of justice than the substance of the law. In addition, traditional approaches to civil liberties offered increasingly poor protection for individuals and minorities when the government was giving the highest priority to strengthening the powers available to fight crime, terrorism and subversion.

All proposals for regional bodies tend to become enmeshed with considerations of party advantage, and if opposed by the Conservatives would almost certainly prove unstable. Yet regional reform is a commitment which the Labour and Liberal Democratic parties are unlikely to abandon in the 1990s, although it is not clear how high up the agenda of a future Labour government such structural changes would be. The House or Lords Not surprisingly the new constitutional debate has also addressed the question of the House of Lords, whose mixture of hereditary and life peers, and permanent dominance by the Conservatives, have made it a target for reformers for most of this century.

By the time that Charter 88 held its Constitutional Convention in Manchester 1991, some 25 000 people had signed the Charter. Around 10000 people also participated in the group's Democracy Day event during the 1992 general election campaign. Liberal Democrat activists have traditionally dominated discussion of constitutional issues in British politics, and their influence remained considerable in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Two bodies controlled by influential Liberal Democrat figures, the Rowntree Charitable Trust, and the Rowntree Reform Trust, provided much of the funding that sustained the constitutional debate in all three major parties, demonstrating the importance of philanthropic patrons in sustaining new interest groups already uncovered by American research (Walker, 1983).

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