This book offers an introductory exposition of the English public law which is ideal for the reader that is looking for a general overview of the field either as a newcomer or as someone already familiarised with it but wants to look it afresh. It has all the virtues of every good introduction: is fairly short, systematic and straightforward. But it has, at the same time, other virtues which are rare in clear and brief introductory texts like this one. It gives an account of public law that is lively reflexive and it is informed by an acute historical consciousness. In every important point (the doctrine of sovereignty of Parliament, the Ministerial Accountability, and so on) it offers a picture of the evolution of the matter without hiding the open possibilities and ambiguities behind the actual state of the latter.
It is not indeed a cold sub specie aeternitatis exposition of the subject, but one that gives due attention to the struggles and risks behind every step of the evolution it reconstructs. This book situates in this way the present state of the English public law in the formation and evolution of the British constitution, and situates itself, as a study on public law, within the English scholarly tradition public law and its transformations. It is an opinionated but well founded introduction that not only takes a justified position in every important debate on the subject, but it presents to the reader, from the very beginning, its general approach (crucially when sustaining that the important aspect of the English constitution is not its `unwritten' but its `political' character). Finally, the book not only embraces all the main aspects of the British constitution, but it contains a bibliographical essay with a careful selection of sources on the matters discussed in each chapter.