Constitutional & Administrative Law: 10th Edition (e-Book) book cover

Constitutional & Administrative Law

10th Edition


718 pages

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eBook (VitalSource) : 9781315696539
pub: 2014-11-27
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This highly-respected textbook is regularly updated to provide complete coverage of the Public Law syllabus and is accompanied by a range of interactive resources designed to support teaching and learning. Mapped to the common course outline, it equips students with an understanding of the constitution’s past, present and future by analysing and illustrating the political and socio-historical contexts which have shaped the major rules and principles of public law, as well as on-going constitutional reform.

The new 10th edition has been revised and updated to reflect recent developments in the law including the Defamation Act 2013, Crime and Courts Act 2013 and the Justice and Security Act 2013 and has been enhanced to meet the needs of students and lecturers working in today’s digital world.

In addition to the printed textbook users receive access to an enhanced electronic version. The interactive eTextbook brings the benefits of digital to the text – searching, online, offline and mobile access, interactive exercises and note-sharing are just some of the newly integrated features.

Key features of the interactive electronic textbook

  • One-click access to the cases on LexisNexis and the statutes on the government’s legislation archive with almost 1,000 embedded hyperlinks in the text
  • The most-up-date book available with author updates twice a year to key developments in Public law
  • End of chapter interactive exercises which enable students to assess their understanding and progress and diagnose areas of weakness
  • An Interactive timeline that provides instant access to essential context on how the constitution has developed historically and politically to the present day
  • A comprehensive bank of essay questions with outline answers to help students prepare for assessments
  • The ability to make notes and highlight key sections of the text and to share your notes with the class

Instructor Resources

A companion website will help instructors integrate the textbook with their teaching and includes links to further reading for students:

  • Access to articles on constitutional and administrative law from The Student Law Review
  • All of the diagrams from the text, ready to be integrated with your teaching
  • Chapter-by-chapter customisable PowerPoint slides which can be used in seminars or lectures
  • A bank of multiple choice questions which can be customised and adapted for formative assessment
  • Weblinks curated by the author in a read-to-click format

Please register to gain access to the Instructor’s eResource on

Further information about the interactive electronic textbook

Author Updates twice a year

  • As the law changes, so does the interactive eTextbook. Updates will go live in the Interactive eTextbook and can be downloaded from the Instructor eResource.

Hyperlinked citations embedded in the text

  • Students will have one-click access to the full text of cases on LexisNexis® and to statutes on the government’s legislation archive

End of chapter assessments and quizzes

  • Hundreds of interactive multiple-choice exercises to encourage students to test their understanding of the key concepts

Anytime, anywhere access

  • Made possible by a partnership between Routledge and VitalSource®, your interactive eTextbook is accessible via VitalSource’s Bookshelf - the most used eTextbook platform in the world. Bookshelf makes digital reading possible online, offline as a download or on mobile devices in native apps as well as browsers. Please see the help section if you encounter any difficulties in pairing devices or accessing your eTextbook on your preferred device.


  • It’s easy to add notes and save them in the cloud, these can be synchronised across devices. Online help is built into Bookshelf®.
  • Notes can be used privately or to share comments on the text with a group. This means comments and notes from lectures or seminars can move from instructor to student, student to instructor and student to student.


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The highlight and note feature is an innovation as it allows the reader to add information to the highlighted area-I have personal experience of highlighting passages of my text books and have no idea why, with this feature, that problem is solved." Steven Rogers, LLB Student, The University of South Wales

"Barnett is based on high academic standards while being easy to read and to understand … it is the perfect introductory text." Alexander Fischer, Lecturer in Law, SOAS, University of London

"Clear, detailed and thorough … students really enjoy this textbook and I strongly recommend it." Javier Oliva, Lecturer in Law, Bangor University

"Complete, precise and clear … extremely suitable." Caroline Fournet, Lecturer in Law, University of Exeter

"Utterly reliable." Nick Howard, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Glamorgan

"The book is authoritative, thorough, well structured, clear and coherent." Philip Jones, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of the West of England

"..a sophisticated blend of legal material and theoretical ideas." David Radlett, Lecturer in Law, University of Kent

"I was surprised by how useful the eTextbook was. In the past I've always neglected these resources in favour of sticking to the pages in front of me. However, the options given to highlight, comment and search the book are too good to miss out on… As for the textbook itself, it is one that you can feel confident in; it covers the important public law concepts in detail, whilst still being clear and concise." Natalie Hearn, The Student Lawyer

Table of Contents

Part I: General Introduction 1. Introduction: The United Kingdom and Its Constitution 2. Sources of the Constitution Part II: Fundamental Constitutional Concepts 3. The Rule of Law 4. The Separation of Powers 5. The Royal Prerogative 6. Parliamentary Sovereignty Part III: The European Community and Union 7. Structures and Institutions 8. European Community Law and National Law Part IV: Central, Regional and Local Government 9. Central Government 10. Responsible Government 11. Devolution and Local Government Part V: Parliament 12. The Electoral System 13. Introduction to the House of Commons 14. The Legislative Process 15. Scrutiny of the Executive 16. The House of Lords 17. Parliamentary Privilege Part VI: The Individual and the State 18. The Protection of Human Rights 19. Freedom of Expression and Privacy 20. Freedom of Association and Assembly 21. The Police and Police Powers 22. State Security Part VII: Administrative Law 23. Judicial Review: Introduction, Jurisdiction and Procedure 24. Grounds for Judicial Review I: the Substantive Grounds for Judicial Review 25. Grounds for Judicial Review II: Procedural Grounds: Procedural Impropriety 26. Commissioners for Administration: Ombudsmen 27. Tribunals and Inquiries

About the Originator

Hilaire Barnett, BA, LLM, was previously at Queen Mary College, University of London.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Constitutional