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Loyal opposition and the political constitution

Webber, Grégoire (2016) Loyal opposition and the political constitution. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 37 (2). pp. 357-382. ISSN 0143-6503

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Identification Number: 10.1093/ojls/gqw023


In studying Parliament, special attention is regularly awarded to the interactions between government and Commons, with the Commons identified as a singular body, united in its claims against or in support of the government. These and other commonplace understandings trade on an insufficiently political study of the constitution, highlighted by the relative neglect of the Official Opposition in public law thought. With the aim of rehabilitating the place of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition in political and constitutional theory, this essay explores the historical rise and present day responsibilities of the opposition and highlights how government and opposition are carried on by agreement and how the Opposition’s critical function is channelled, facilitated, and complicated by its pursuit of office.

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Additional Information: © 2016 Oxford University Press
Divisions: Law
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
Sets: Departments > Law
Date Deposited: 04 May 2016 08:04
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 01:48

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