UK Election Law: A Critical Examination

1st Edition

Bob Watt

Routledge-Cavendish
Published January 9, 2006
Reference - 264 Pages
ISBN 9781859419168 - CAT# RU43141
Series: Contemporary Issues in Public Policy

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Summary

This book contains a critical analysis of the law and politics governing the conduct of statutory elections in the United Kingdom. 

The author argues that elections have now become a marketplace for 'buying' the most seemingly attractive political party on offer into power, rather than an expression of democratic self-government. Thematically arranged, he considers a number of issues dating from before the Civil War through nineteenth century reforms to the foundation of the Electoral Commission and up to their paper 'Securing the Vote' published in 2005. The book 

Framing the debate for the Electoral Administration Bill 2005, it contains, amongst other legal analysis, analyses leading cases, including:

  • Sanders v Chichester
  • R v Jones
  • R v Whicher; ex parte Mainwaring
  • In re Fermanagh and South Tyrone.

The author presents an argument for a radical reappraisal of election law which involves, rather than excludes the self-governing citizenry, suggesting that election law, perhaps above all other kinds of law, should be the subject of vigorous and open public debate.

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