The Law, Politics, and the Constitution: Essays in Honour of Geoffrey Marshall

The Law, Politics, and the Constitution: Essays in Honour of Geoffrey Marshall

The Law, Politics, and the Constitution: Essays in Honour of Geoffrey Marshall

The Law, Politics, and the Constitution: Essays in Honour of Geoffrey Marshall

Synopsis

Increasingly, in contemporary British politics, the spotlight is being thrown on issues of constitutional change and reform. The late 1990s has marked a period of significant constitutional change and political reform. The varied contributions in this book, from leading scholars in the fields of politics and constitutional law, tackle the key questions troubling politicians and observers of politics in this time of acute constitutional change. This book is a tribute to the diverse scholarship of Geoffrey Marshall, who has been an outstanding figure the study of law and politics, and a writer of extraordinary authority on constitutional matters.

Excerpt

These essays are presented to Geoffrey Marshall on his seventieth birthday and on his retirement as Provost of the Queen's College, Oxford. They have been written by his friends and colleagues as a tribute to his pre-eminence as a constitutional theorist and to his skill in marrying the two disciplines of law and political science. in the first chapter Vernon Bogdanor details Geoffrey Marshall's intellectual achievements, but all the other contributions touch on his work or on fields on which he has thrown light.

Those who prepared this book are most grateful for the punctuality and efficiency of all their collaborators. Vernon Bogdanor deserves special thanks for the concept of the book; so does Bob Summers for his bibliographical labours. Hilary Walford proved the most helpful and perceptive of copy editors. But our prime thanks must go to Geoffrey Marshall for providing the inspiration for all our efforts.

David Butler

Oxford November 1998 . . .

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