A. V. Dicey and English constitutionalism

  title={A. V. Dicey and English constitutionalism},
  author={James Kirby},
  journal={History of European Ideas},
  pages={33 - 46}
  • James Kirby
  • Published 26 July 2018
  • Law, History
  • History of European Ideas
ABSTRACT The jurist A. V. Dicey’s study of the Law of the Constitution (1885) has been since its publication the dominant analysis of the British constitution and the source of orthodoxy on such subjects as parliamentary sovereignty and the rule of law. This canonical status has obscured the originality of Dicey’s ideas in the history of legal and political thought. Dicey reworked the traditional idea of sovereignty into two separate concepts – legal and political sovereignty – in order to… 
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