British constitutional law is marked by theoretical controversy, giving rise to competing interpretations of doctrine and principle. Legal constitutionalists are opposed by political constitutionalists; divergent conceptions of the rule of law are rooted in contrasting philosophies of democracy and freedom. The doctrine of separation of powers is differently understood, according to one's theoretical viewpoint; and questions about the proper nature and scope of judicial review evoke debate and controversy. Public law cannot be insulated from these larger theoretical debates: it is always a product of normative judgement, involving the interpretation of legal practice. No account of constitutional law can stand on neutral ground: there is no escape from the moral evaluation central to legal analysis. Law cannot be reduced either to influential judicial opinions or empirical fact. A brief summary of the content of each chapter of the book is presented.
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