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Public Law is a high quality introductory textbook that comprehensively covers the key topics found on undergraduate public law courses. Three key themes that permeate all of the content allow students to approach the content in a structured and easy to understand way and questions posed throughout the chapters give students the opportunity to provide answers that show how their knowledge has increased as the chapter progresses. The key themes are:

-The significance of executive power in the contemporary constitution and the challenge of ensuring that those who wield it are held to account

-The shift in recent times from a more political to a more legal constitution and the implications of this change

-The increasingly 'multi-layered' character of the British constitution

Online Resource Centre
Public Law is accompanied by a free, open-access Online Resource Centre ( which offers the following resources to support students:
- Figures from the book reproduced online
- A list of useful websites for students
- Regularly posted legal and political updates for the book
- A testbank of questions for tutors to assess students' progress

This book has been highly endorsed by lecturers for level of coverage, accuracy, and the manner in which the three themes provide an excellent backdrop to the book's content.

'I think it will be a very welcome addition to the range of text books available and I suspect that it will become my personal favourite.' - Barbara Mauthe; Lancaster University

'I found the book impressive and likely to be of interest and use to a great many. It is written in a style that is pitched about the right level. It was easy to understand and provides - for me - a good blend of black letter law and socio-political context' - David Mead; University of East Anglia

Written by two experienced teachers of the subject, Public Law is an essential new text that focuses on what students need to engage with and understand this challenging subject.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199237104
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/12/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 800
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Mark Elliott is Senior Lecturer in Administrative Law and Constitutional Law at the University of Cambridge.

Dr. Robert Thomas is Senior Lecturer in Law at Manchester University.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction to Public Law

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