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Introduction To The Study Of The Law Of The Constitution

Introduction To The Study Of The Law Of The Constitution [Kindle Edition]

A. V. Dicey
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From the Preface: "This book is (as its title imports) an introduction to the study of the law of the constitution; it does not pretend to be even a summary, much less a complete account of constitutional law. It deals only with two or three guiding principles which pervade the modern constitution of England. My object in publishing the work is to provide students with a manual which may impress these leading principles on their minds, and thus may enable them to study with benefit in Blackstone's Commentaries and other treatises of the like nature those legal topics which, taken together, make up the constitutional law of England. In furtherance of this design I have not only emphasised the doctrines (such, for example, as the sovereignty of Parliament) which are the foundation of the existing constitution, but have also constantly illustrated English constitutionalism by comparisons between it and the constitutionalism on the one hand of the United States, and on the other of the French Republic. Whether I have in any measure attained my object must be left to the judgment of my readers. It may perhaps be allowable to remind them that a book consisting of actually delivered lectures must, even though revised for publication, exhibit the characteristics inseparable from oral exposition, and that a treatise on the principles of the law of the constitution differs in its scope and purpose, as well from a constitutional history of England as from works like Bagehot's incomparable English Constitution, which analyse the practical working of our complicated system of modern Parliamentary government. If, however, I insist on the fact that my book has a special aim of its own, nothing is further from my intention than to underrate the debt which I owe to the labours of the lawyers and historians who have composed works on the English constitution. Not a page of my lectures could have been written without constant reference to writers such as Blackstone, Hallam, Hearn, Gardiner, or Freeman, whose books are in the hands of every student. To three of these authors in particular I am so deeply indebted that it is a duty no less than a pleasure to make special acknowledgment of the extent of my obligations. Professor Hearn's Government of England has taught me more than any other single work of the way in which the labours of lawyers established in early times the elementary principles which form the basis of the constitution. Mr. Gardiner's History of England has suggested to me the conclusion on which, confirmed as I found it to be by all the information I could collect about French administrative law, stress is frequently laid in the course of the following pages, that the views of the prerogative maintained by Crown lawyers under the Tudors and the Stuarts bear a marked resemblance to the legal and administrative ideas which at the present day under the Third Republic still support the droit administratif of France. To my friend and colleague Mr; Freeman I owe a debt of a somewhat different nature."

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Albert Venn Dicey (1835-1922) was Vinerian Professor of English Law at Oxford University from 1882 to 1909.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1781 KB
  • Print Length: 588 pages
  • Publisher: Evergreen Review, Inc. (4 Nov 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GKMCC4
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not useful in kindle format 4 Nov 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Not a useful copy for a student, as the contents list at the begining does not link to the sections to which it refers and there are also no page numbers in the contents. So it is only possible to find the section you want by laboriously thumbing through. All in all not worth it, buy the paper version.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An older edition 28 Jun 2011
Be aware - this is not the most recent edition of the text. The publishers have opted for the 8th Edition, which I believe was the final published with the author at the helm. Later editions have a useful commentary by Wade. I was less than pleased when this edition arrived, although it has a rather handsome appearance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a good grade? 22 Jan 2011
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It you are a Law student; reading Public law or Administrative Law, then you will need this book. Dicey was a leading academic on the British Constitution. His traditional view is required reading for any Law student.

If you are not a Law student, but have an interest in the British Constitution, then this book will explain our Judge-made constitution up until the 1900's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Law of constitution 1 Dec 2012
By Dolly
Received book two days after placing order- so excellent delivery. Book came in hard package so it doesn't damage the book- so excellent service again.
The book itself is fantabulous. If you feel the the rule of law is powerful more than parliament then dicey book will expand on this. He believes we have a constitution through conventions- Great introduction on consultational law.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sound resume of Constitutional Law 20 Sep 2009
A must read for both students and the general public for an introduction to English Constitutionalism.
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