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Escaping the shadow of AV Dicey and putting parliament in its place

Dicey produced the nearest the UK has had to a constitution written down in one book. His ongoing influence is remarkable—and detrimental

By David Allen Green   December 2019


In 2019, the study and practice of constitutional law of the United Kingdom is still dominated by one book first published in 1885. This was the Introduction to the Study of the Law of the Constitution by the Victorian and Edwardian jurist, Albert Venn Dicey.

Politicians and commentators, lawyers and constitutionalists, generally either follow the categories and theories of Dicey, often unknowingly, or define themselves against his famous text.…

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