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Democratic DriftMajoritarian Modification and Democratic Anomie in the United Kingdom$
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Matthew Flinders

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199271597

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271597.001.0001

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V8. Constitutional Amendment

V8. Constitutional Amendment

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(p.215) Chapter 12 V8. Constitutional Amendment
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Democratic Drift
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Matthew Flinders (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271597.003.0012

Although other countries generally require special majorities, popular referendums or other safeguards to ensure that the constitution remains protected from day‐to‐day partisan manipulation, the constitution of the United Kingdom is notable due to the absence of these auxiliary precautions. New Labour did little to dilute their capacity in terms of constitutional amendment.

Keywords:   constitutional amendment, referendums, thresholds, direct democracy, anti‐majoritarian institutions, special majorities, auxiliary precautions, constitutional rigidity, constitutional flexibility

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