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The British Constitution$
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Anthony King

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199576982

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576982.001.0001

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The Impetus to Change

The Impetus to Change

(p.63) 4 The Impetus to Change
The British Constitution

Anthony King

Oxford University Press

This chapter highlights the need for Britain to undergo a change in its constitution. There are several reasons why Britain should undergo a constitutional change. Britain lost both its vast empire and its historic status as a great world power. By the mid 1960s, the union had been hauled down in almost every one of Britain’s former colonies. Britain was no longer an imperial power. Moreover, the 1960 revolution affected much of the Western world including the United States, but its impact on Britain was especially profound. The revolt amounted to a frontal assault, not on Britain’s small-c constitution as such but on the political culture that had for so long underpinned it.

Keywords:   Britain, constitution, constitutional change, United States, small-c constitution, political culture

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