The Foundations of Public Law

Principles and Problems of Power in the British Constitution

by Keith Syrett

About this book

This thought-provoking and engaging book offers an insightful examination of public law, exploring the complex relationship between institutions, individual and state, and offering both explanation and critical analysis. Public law is viewed against a backdrop of differing types of governmental power and the problems to which this may give rise, with a particular focus being given to recent changes in the British constitution.

By placing public law in its political context, the book seeks to take a different approach from that of a general textbook, thereby offering a fresh view of the subject that is topical, relevant and interesting.

Whether used as introductory reading or as an ongoing companion to a main course text, this book will provide a valuable perspective on this fast-moving area that will be of great benefit to law students and politics students alike.

About the author

KEITH SYRETT Reader in Public Law and Health Policy at the School of Law, University of Bristol, UK. In addition to his research in both of these areas, he teaches courses in public law and administrative law.

Table of Contents

  • An Introduction to the Study of Public Law
  • Classifying and Controlling Power
  • The Legislature
  • The Executive
  • The Judiciary
  • Shifting Patterns of Power in the modern British constitution