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Public Law (Clarendon Law S.) [Paperback]

Adam Tomkins
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17 July 2003 019926077X 978-0199260775
Written in the well-established tradition of the Clarendon Law Series, Public Law offers a stimulating re-interpretation of the central themes and problems of English constitutional law. It offers full consideration of the historical development of public law.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (17 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019926077X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199260775
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 13.8 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Adam Tomkins has wrtten a highly readable book, designed for English law students, but of considerable interest to those who wish to understand the monumental institutional changes taking place in Britain.... I recommend it highly. Comparison of our own political system with others often provides the best vehicle for illuminating some features of that which is most familiar."-- The Law and Politics Book Review

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Adam Tomkins is Fellow and Tutor in Law at St Catherine's College, Oxford. He was previously Lecturer (1991-1999) and Senior Lecturer (1999-2000) at the School of Law, King's College, London. A well-respected and highly published author, his works include The Constitution after Scott (OUP, 1998) and Sceptical Essays on Human Rights (OUP, 2001), co-edited with Tom Campbell and Keith Ewing.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading 28 July 2007
For the student, public law is often a slightly odd course. Unlike contract law and criminal law (which are often given together with public law in a first year LLB), public law is not only about rules in statutes and case law. I remember being quite surprised, even nervous, during my first few months studying public law at the small amount of cases I had to read. While the amount increases near the end of the year and it becomes clear that many of the rules are contained in but a few (long) cases, it is also true that public law is not just about cases.

Public law is about terms used in everyday political life, terms such as 'constitutional', 'rule of law' and 'separation of powers', the true meaning of these words, and to what extent our modern society is in line with such terms. The problem is that, all too often, the public law textbooks will serve the student with a handy rule such as "the constitution is not unwritten but uncodified", which - while generally true - will not help a student when faced with a question on an exam such as "the constitution is not unwritten but uncodified, explain"

'Public Law' by Adam Tomkins sets out to explain these often complicated terms in a language that is easy to understand. But more than that, it also explains why these terms are often inappropriate, why - for example - it is not important to dwell on whether or not the constitution is written down or uncodified. As such this book supplements the basic textbook reading and provides many of the answers for the standard essay questions students might expect on an exam.

It also gives the student a new perspective on the study of Public Law in that the subject is not just about rules, but also about asking questions: "why is this rule important?
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5.0 out of 5 stars An ideal place to (re)start 24 May 2010
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a great read 16 Oct 2004
By Anon
this was prereading before my public law 1 LLB course. with no previous legal education, I found this book thoroughly enjoyable and informative. it is the kind of book thats meant to throw you in with the legal heavy weights and you do just manage to swim. great book, heavy read and the kind of book you'll want to refer back to as you progress in your course. does the job of summarising this large body of law.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 27 Dec 2013
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Good condition, almost like new, came fast, very happy with it.. one corner bent over a bit, but it wasnt even that noticable
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