By Judith Pryor

Bringing a postcolonial viewpoint to united kingdom constitutional debates and together with an in depth and comparative engagement with the constitutions of Britain’s ex-colonies, this e-book is an unique mirrored image upon the connection among the written and the unwritten constitution.

Can a country have an unwritten structure? whereas written constitutions either stumbled on and outline smooth countries, Britain is usually considered as one of many only a few exceptions to this rule. Drawing on various theories relating writing, legislation and violence (from Robert hide to Jacques Derrida), Constitutions makes a theoretical intervention into traditional constitutional analyses via problematizing the thought of a ‘written structure’ on which they're established.

Situated in the body of the previous British empire, this booklet deconstructs the traditional competition among the ‘margins’ and the ‘centre’, in addition to among the ‘written’ and ‘unwritten’, through paying very shut, exact consciousness to the constitutional texts lower than consideration. Pryor argues that Britain’s ‘unwritten’ structure and ‘immemorial’ universal legislations purely tackle which means in a relation of distinction with the written constitutions of its former colonies. those texts, in flip, draw in this pre-literate foundation with the intention to legitimize themselves. The ‘unwritten’ structure of england can accordingly be situated and dislocated in postcolonial written constitutions.

Constitutions is a very good addition to the bookshelves of all scholars of the philosophy of legislation, political concept, constitutional and administrative legislation and jurisprudence.

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