Reshaping the British Constitution provides a vigorous critique of the deformations of Britain's customary constitution and why it could not effectively stem the growth of a centralized political authority. On this foundation it provides a critical description and assessment of recent constitutional changes including devolution, House of Lords reform, human rights and the encroachment of the European Union. Nevil Johnson suggests that since the reform programme has rested on pragmatic political expediency rather than on coherent thinking about constitutional principles, it is likely to strengthen the familiar deformations of the customary constitution.
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Author Biography - Nevil Johnson
NEVIL JOHNSON is an Emeritus Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford, where from 1969 to 1996 he was a Reader in the Comparative Study of Institutions in the University of Oxford and Professorial Fellow. The early years of his career were spent in the administrative class of the Civil Service. From 1966 to 1981 he edited the journal Public Administration, from 1981 to 1987 he was a member of the Economic and Social Research Council and he served as a part-time Civil Service Commissioner from 1982 to 1985. He has twice held visiting professorships in Germany and has many publications to his credit, including In Search of the Constitution: Reflections on State and Society in Britain (1977) and State and Government in the Federal Republic of Germany (1982).