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Our Republican Constitution

By: Adam Tomkins
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Published: 14-02-2005
Format: Paperback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 168
ISBN: 9781841135229
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
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About Our Republican Constitution

This new book by Adam Tomkins sets out a radical vision of the British constitution. It argues that despite its outwardly monarchic form the constitution is profoundly informed, and indeed shaped, by values and practices of republicanism. The republican reading of the constitution presented in this book places political accountability at the core of the constitutional order. As such, Our Republican Constitution offers a powerful rejoinder to the current trend in legal scholarship that sees the common law and the courts, rather than Parliament, as the central players in holding government to account. The book further contends that while the constitution should be understood as having republican foundations, current constitutional practice is, in a number of respects, insufficiently republican in character. The book closes by outlining a programme of republican constitutional reform that is designed to secure genuinely responsible government.

This is an original and provocative reinterpretation of the central themes of the British constitution, drawing on constitutional history (especially of the seventeenth century), political theory and public law.

Table Of Contents

1 On the Political Constitution
2 Republican Constitutionalism
3 The Making of the Republican Constitution
4 Republican Constitutional Reform


“Adam Tomkins' latest book is timely…It is powerful, inspired and uncompromising; its proposals for change are daring and invite comment…” –  W.T. Eijsbouts, European Constitutional Law Review

“The book offers a stimulating read, written with great clarity and in an unfailingly high tempo. Its author manages to engage seriously with the major currents of public law at the same time as saying something both original and distinctive.” –  Neil Walker, Edinburgh Law Review, Vol 11

“…packages some remarkably sweeping ambitions into a short, accessible and eminently readable format…an instant 'must read' for anyone interested in the United Kingdom's constitutional future…” –  Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, Vol XIX, No 1, Andrew Geddis

“'Tomkins deserves credit for swimming against the tide of judicialisation…his stimulation of controversy is to be welcomed. This immensely readable and thought-provoking polemic..deserves to be widely read, not least for its ground-breaking work in delineating the compelling arguments of principle that underpin our political constitution.” –  Danny Nicol, The Modern Law Review

“...[a] well-written and provocative book..The author must be commended for his effort to bring theory and history to bear on issues of current legal concern…Public law can make little progress without close attention to theoretical questions of the sort considered here..” –  T.R.S. Allan, Public Law

“...a beautifully crafted and well-written piece of work, and is likely to form the foundation of debates concerning the nature and future of the British constitution.” –  Matthew Flinders, Political Studies Review, Vol. 4, No. 1

“...a splendid contribution to the range of materials available to teachers who like to encourage their students to take a robustly-contested approach to the study of constitutional law, theory and history” –  Ian Loveland, Law Quarterly Review

“...concise and accessible to students...capable of encouraging its readers to develop a critique regarding the big questions surrounding the exercise of governmental power.” –  Michael Rodney, The International Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 39, No. 3

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