Constitutional & Administrative Law
Routledge – 2011 – 960 pages
Constitutional and Administrative Law (or Public Law) is a dynamic and challenging area of law which has an impact on all of our lives. Whenever a government is elected, a new piece of legislation is passed or a citizen’s rights are abused, it is Public Law which provides the legal framework within which government and administration functions.
Hilaire Barnett’s respected and ever-popular textbook helps to provide students with an understanding of the constitution’s past, present and future by analysing and illustrating the political and socio-historical contexts which have shaped the constitution, the current major rules and principles of public law and on-going constitutional reform.
Contemporary developments covered include the increasing impact of the law of the European Union on domestic law, devolution to Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, reform of the House of Lords, the continuing importance of the Human Rights Act 1998 and proposals for further constitutional reform. The chapters on Administrative Law have been extended to cover Tribunals and offer a more comprehensive examination of the grounds for judicial review.
Mapped to the common course outline and written to meet the needs of students undertaking the Constitutional and Administrative Law course, whether full- or part-time, undergraduate or postgraduate, this book offers full coverage of the syllabus drawn from a wide range of sources. Written in a clear and understandable style by an experienced author and examiner, Barnett remains up-to-date and authoritative – an invaluable resource for students of Public Law.
Key learning features include:
A brand new companion website has been developed to support the eighth edition with resources designed to emphasise the contemporary relevance and real-world contexts of Public Law for both lecturers and students.
"Barnett is based on high academic standards while being easy to read and to understand … It is the perfect introductory text." – Alexander Fischer, Lecturer in Law, SOAS, University of London
"Clear, detailed and thorough … Students really enjoy this textbook and I strongly recommend it." – Javier Oliva, Lecturer in Law, Bangor University
"Complete, precise and clear … Extremely suitable." – Caroline Fournet, Lecturer in Law, University of Exeter
"Utterly reliable." – Nick Howard, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Glamorgan
"The book is authoritative, thorough, well structured, clear and coherent." – Philip Jones, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of the West of England
"There is a gap between perception and reality regarding Constitutional & Administrative Law. The perception is "too black letter" for want of a better phrase, but the reality is that there is actually a sophisticated blend of legal material and theoretical ideas." – David Radlett, Lecturer in Law, University of Kent
Part 1: General Introduction 1. Introduction: The United Kingdom and Its Constitution 2. Sources of the Constitution Part 2: Fundamental Constitutional Concepts 3. The Rule of Law 4. The Separation of Powers 5. The Royal Prerogative 6. Parliamentary Sovereignty Part 3: The European Community and Union 7. Structures and Institutions 8. European Community Law and National Law Part 4: Central, Regional and Local Government 9. Central Government 10. Responsible Government 11. Devolution and Local Government Part 5:Parliament 12. The Electoral System 13. Introduction to the House of Commons 14. The Legislative Process 15. Scrutiny of the Executive 16. The House of Lords 17. Parliamentary Privilege Part 6: The Individual and the State 18. The Protection of Human Rights 19. Freedom of Expression and Privacy 20. Freedom of Association and Assembly 21. The Police and Police Powers 22. State Security Part 7: Administrative Law 23. Judicial Review: Introduction, Jurisdiction and Procedure 24. Grounds for Judicial Review I: The Substantive Grounds for Judicial Review 25. Grounds for Judicial Review II: Procedural Grounds: Procedural Impropriety 26. Commissioners for Administration and Tribunals
Hilaire Barnett, BA, LLM, was formerly a Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London.