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The New Labour Constitution

Twenty Years On

Editor(s): Michael Gordon, Adam Tucker
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Published: 10-03-2022
Format: Hardback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 480
ISBN: 9781509924646
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Hart Studies in Constitutional Law
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
RRP: £90.00
Online price : £81.00
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About The New Labour Constitution

This book combines legal and political perspectives to provide a unique assessment of the 'New Labour Constitution' 20 years on.

The New Labour government had a defining influence on the development of the modern UK constitution. Labour's 1997 general election manifesto promised devolution, a Human Rights Act, House of Lords reform, elected city mayors, freedom of information, electoral reform, modernisation of the House of Commons, party funding reform, the reinvigoration of local government, and more. Many, but not all, of these aspirations were realised, and others were subsequently added to the programme, including the creation of the Supreme Court.

The 20th anniversary of the election of the New Labour government in 1997 provides an ideal opportunity to assess the way in which this major programme of constitutional reform changed the nature of the UK constitution. This book brings together essays from leading academics in UK public law and politics which assess different aspects of the 'New Labour Constitution' 20 years on. In combination, these essays analyse the scale and significance of substantive changes, the process of constitutional reform established during this period, and the legacy of New Labour's constitutional project. Based on a conference held at the University of Liverpool in July 2017, funded by the British Academy and Leverhulme Trust, this book combines legal and political perspectives to explore a foundational period for the contemporary UK constitution.

Table Of Contents

Introduction
Michael Gordon and Adam Tucker (both at University of Liverpool, UK)

1. Labour's Constitutional Changes 1997-2010: Time for More
Lord Falconer of Thoroton (Shadow Attorney General, UK)

2. Britain's New Labour Constitution: Causes and Consequences
Rodney Brazier (University of Manchester, UK)

3. Judicial Policy and New Labour's Constitutional Project
Graham Gee (University of Sheffield, UK)

4. 'Three Harmless Words': New Labour and Freedom of Information
Ben Worthy (Birkbeck, University of London, UK)

5. Devolution: A New Fundamental Principle of the UK Constitution
Chris McCorkindale (University of Strathclyde, UK)

6. The 'Evolution' of Devolution: Assessing Labour's Legacy in England
Arianna Giovannini (De Montfort University, UK)

7. The Human Rights Act 1998: Two Decades Swimming Upstream
Helene Tyrell (Newcastle University, UK)

8. New Labour's Unintended Consequences: The Common Law Constitution and Judicial Comparativism
Seshauna Wheatle (Durham University, UK)

9. The Blair Constitution and the Separation of Powers
Roger Masterman (Durham University, UK)

10. New Labour's Secret National Security Constitution
Paul Scott (University of Glasgow, UK)

11. Individual Terrorist Suspects as the New Folk Devil: New Labour, Rights Tokenism and Security Compulsions
Rumyana van Ark (T.M.C. Asser Instituut, Netherlands)

12. Neoliberalism, Labour Law, and New Labour's Turn to Constitutionalism
Rob Knox (University of Liverpool, UK)

13. What Was New Labour's Vision for Parliament? And Did It Succeed?
Louise Thompson (University of Manchester, UK)

14. Revisiting the Administrative Justice Legacy of New Labour
Joe Tomlinson (University of York, UK) and Richard Kirkham (University of Sheffield, UK)

15. Referendums and New Labour's Constitutional Reforms
Leah Trueblood (University of Oxford, UK)

16. The New Labour Constitution and (New) Labour Constitutionalism
Michael Gordon and Adam Tucker (both at University of Liverpool, UK)

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