Britain’s uncodified constitution
in Governing Britain
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The chapter identifies the nature of constitutions and constitutionalism and explains the distinctive nature and history of the United Kingdom’s uncodified constitution, shaped especially by the outcome of the glorious revolution in the seventeenth century and the development in the nineteenth century of the Westminster model of government. It draws out the settled nature of the constitution for most of the twentieth century, the pressures it has since faced, the myriad constitutional changes that have occurred since the late twentieth century under successive governments and demands for more, including a codified constitution, and the different approaches to constitutional change that have developed, producing a constitution that has moved from being settled to unsettled and contested.


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