The Constitution Unit


Constitutional Futures Revisited

January - December 2007

Britain's Constitution to 2020

Constitutional Futures Revisited

The UK is going through a period of unprecedented constitutional change. Where are these changes taking us? Will devolution lead to Scottish independence and the break up of the UK? Will a British bill of rights lead to yet more power for the judges? Will there be electoral reform at Westminster? And will this mean more power for Parliament, or less?

In Constitutional Futures Revisited: Britain's Constitution to 2020, leading political scientists and lawyers forecast the impact of these changes on the UK's key institutions and the constitution as a whole. The book, published by Palgrave, is an indispensable guide for policy makers, lawyers and judges, the media, academics, students, and anyone interested in the future of the UK's political landscape.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction. Forecasting Constitutional Futures (Mark Glover and Robert Hazell) I: The Decentralised State
  2. Scotland and Wales: The Evolution of Devolution (Alan Trench)
  3. Tying the UK Together? Intergovernmental Relations and the Financial Constitution of the UK (Alan Trench)
  4. Northern Ireland: polarisation or normalisation? (Robin Wilson and Rick Wilford)
  5. Answering the English Question (Martin Burch, Alan Harding, Robert Hazell, and James Rees)
  6. The Future of Britishness (Arthur Aughey) II: The Central State
  7. The Judiciary (Andrew Le Sueur and Kate Malleson)
  8. Whitehall (Scott Greer)
  9. The Future of the Monarchy: The Reign of King Charles III (Bob Morris) III: New Forms of Accountability
  10. The New Human Rights Culture (Colm O'Cinneide)
  11. Downward Slope? FOI and Access to Information (Mark Glover and Sarah Holsen)
  12. Watchdogs of the Constitution - the biters bit? (Oonagh Gay and Barry Winetrobe)
  13. Media Pressures on Politics (Peter Riddell) IV: Representation
  14. Majoritarianism under Pressure: the Electoral and Party Systems (Adrian Blau)
  15. Whither The Parties? (Justin Fisher)
  16. Parliament: Emancipated or Emasculated? (Meg Russell)
  17. Conclusion. Where will the Westminster Model End Up? (Robert Hazell)

'We used to think of the British Constitution as having an illustrious past but not much of a future. The last 10 years have changed all that. The question for lawyers, constitutionalists, politicians, and the public at large is now: where will (and should) it all end up? That is the question this valuable book answers.' Lord Bingham, Senior Law Lord

This project is supported by the Nuffield Foundation.