Section: Research

Publications

Below please find a selection of recent publications by our affiliates. For a more complete list of publications by Centre members, please see individual profile pages here.

Stephen Tierney, Nationalism and Globalisation 2015Stephen Tierney, ed., Nationalism and Globalisation, Hart Publishing, 2015

"This book addresses a seemingly paradoxical situation. On the one hand, nationalism from Scotland to the Ukraine remains a resilient political dynamic, fostering secessionist movements below the level of the state. On the other, the competence and capacity of states, and indeed the coherence of nationalism as an ideology, are increasingly challenged by patterns of globalisation in commerce, cultural communication and constitutional authority beyond the state. It is the aim of this book to shed light on the relationship between these two processes, addressing why the political currency of nationalism remains strong even when the salience of its objective ... independent and autonomous statehood ... becomes ever more attenuated." Read more...

Paul Reid, Public Law 2015Paul Reid, Public Law, 3rd ed., W. Green, 2015

The third edition of Public Law "provides comprehensive, up-to-date and accessible coverage of the key areas of Scottish public law. It is the ideal text for students, legal practitioners andthose working in the public sphere. Scotland is going through a period of vast constitutional change and this edition will cover those recent events as wellas looking forward to proposed changes such as the 2017 EU Referendum and the future of the Human Rights Act." Read more...

Chris Himsworth, Christine O'Neill_Scotland's Constitution 2015

Chris Himsworth, Christine O'Neill, Scotland's Constitution: Law and Practice, Bloomsbury Professional, 3rd ed., 2015

"Scotland's Constitution: Law and Practice, 3rd edition is a clear, comprehensive account of the Scottish dimension of constitutional law within its UK and European context. It describes and analyses constitutional arrangements while integrating that analysis with a general background to constitutional law and the UK institutions which have a continuing relevance for the government of Scotland." Read more...

 

 Neil Walker_Intimations of Global Law 2015Neil Walker, Intimations of Global Law, Cambridge University Press, 2015

"A strain of law reaching beyond any bounded international or transnational remit to assert a global jurisdiction has recently acquired a new prominence. Intimations of Global Law detects this strain in structures of international law claiming a planetary scope independent of state consent, in new threads of global constitutional law, administrative law and human rights, and in revived notions of ius gentium and the global rule of law. It is also visible in the legal pursuit of functionally differentiated global public goods, general conflict rules, norms of 'legal pluralism' and new legal hybrids such as the global law of peace and humanity law. The coming of global law affects how law manifests itself in a global age and alters the shape of our legal-ethical horizons. Global law presents a diverse, unsettled and sometimes conflicted legal category, and one which challenges our very understanding of the rudiments of legal authority." Read more...

Asanga Welikala_Reforming Sri Lankan Presidentialism 2015 Asanga Welikala ed., Reforming Sri Lankan Presidentialism – Provenance, Problems and Prospects,  Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), 2015

"In 2015, the Second Republican Constitution of Sri Lanka marks the 37th year of its promulgation in 1978, making it the longest serving constitution in post-independence Sri Lanka. It instantiated executive presidentialism as its centrepiece – the institution itself having been introduced prior to its enactment by way of an amendment to the previous 1972 Constitution – which has had a deep and abiding influence on Sri Lanka’s legal and political culture. At the time of its enactment, it represented a radical departure from the models of executive collegiality that had hitherto characterised the constitutional forms of Ceylon / Sri Lanka since the introduction of universal electoral democracy in 1931, and it has since come to dominate both institutional relations within Sri Lanka’s system of government, as well as the landscape of electoral politics more broadly. Ever since its introduction, there has been vigorous debate about the adverse consequences of executive presidentialism from the perspectives of democracy and pluralism." Read more...

Cormac Mac Amhlaigh, Claudio Michelon and Neil Walker, After Public Law 2013 Cormac Mac Amhlaigh, Claudio Michelon, and Neil Walker, eds., After Public Law, Oxford University Press, 2013

"Public law has been conceived in many different ways, sometimes overlapping, often conflicting. However in recent years a common theme running through the discussions of public law is one of loss. What function and future can public law have in this rapidly transforming landscape, where globalized states and supranational institutions have ever-increasing importance?

The contributions to this volume take stock of the idea, concepts, and values of public law as it has developed alongside the growth of the modern state, and assess its continued usefulness as a distinct area of legal inquiry and normativity in light of various historical trends and contemporary pressures affecting the global configuration of law in general." Read more...

  Jo Shaw and Igor Stiks, Citizenship Rights 2013 Jo Shaw and Igor Štiks, eds., Citizenship Rights, Ashgate, 2013

"In today’s world all claims tend to be founded on or justified by ‘rights’, be they political, social, economic or private. The ubiquity of this discourse has led to a blurring of the definition of what exactly constitutes rights, not to mention a blurring of the boundaries between different bundles of rights, their sources and the various institutional practices through which they are ‘enjoyed’ or asserted. Particular attention needs to be paid to the category of ‘citizenship rights’. Exactly how are they distinguished from human rights?" Read more...

 

Stephen Tierney, Constitutional Referendums 2012 Stephen Tierney, Constitutional Referendums: The Theory and Practice of Republican Deliberation, Oxford University Press, 2012

"The use of referendums around the world has grown remarkably in the past thirty years and, in particular, referendums are today deployed more than ever in the settlement of constitutional questions, even in countries with little or no tradition of direct democracy. This is the first book by a constitutional theorist to address the implications of this development for constitutional democracy in a globalizing age, when many of the older certainties surrounding sovereignty and constitutional authority are coming under scrutiny." Read more...


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