Magna Carta and its Modern Legacy

Magna Carta and its Modern Legacy

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Magna Carta is celebrated around the world as a symbol of limited government and constitutionalism. But in 1215 Magna Carta was a failure, abrogated within months. Why then do we celebrate this piece of parchment? To mark the 800th anniversary this book brings together top scholars from the UK, US and Australia to answer this question and analyse Magna Carta's historic and contemporary influence. Using a political science framework, Magna Carta and its Modern Legacy draws from scholarship on influence and constitutional design to explain how parchment can contain executive power. Individual chapters on Britain discuss such topics as socioeconomic rights in Magna Carta; Magna Carta and the British constitution; and public understanding of the charter. Internationally focused chapters look at Magna Carta and jury trial in America, slavery in the Caribbean, court delays in the Pacific, the proportionality principle, and judicial supremacy.much more likely than their older counterparts to suppose that Magna Carta provided for a right to vote; in fact, there was little to choose between ... Matching up the answers of participants in the 2012 survey who were asked the quiz questions as well as this question on its ... of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the U.S. Declaration of What Magna Carta Means to the Modern British Public 67.

Title:Magna Carta and its Modern Legacy
Author:Robert Hazell, James Melton
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2015-04-30


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