JOURNAL OF BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF AERONAUTICS AND A ›› 2014, Vol. 27 ›› Issue (3): 44-52.DOI: 10.13766/j.bhsk.1008-2204.2014.0133

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What’s Left of the Political Constitution?

Adam Tomkins   

  1. School of Law, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ, UK
  • Received:2014-03-31 Online:2014-05-25 Published:2014-05-28


This paper argues that we should move on from what has become a rather outdated contrast between the political constitution and the legal constitution. Taking as its focus the constitution of the United Kingdom, the paper analyzes the contemporary constitutional order as a mixed system of politics and law combined. It argues that such a mix may be a more compelling and attractive system than either the model of the political constitution or that of the legal constitution.

Key words: political constitution, legal constitution, mixed constitution, parliament, court

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