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A.V. Dicey, former Vinerian Professor of English Law, University of Oxford (1882-1909)
Albert Venn Dicey (1835-1922) was Vinerian Professor of English Law at the University of Oxford and the pre-eminent constitutional lawyer of the nineteenth century. His Introduction to the Study of the Law of the Constitution ran to eight editions in his lifetime and remains one of the canonical texts in the history of English constitutional law.
John Allison is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Queens' College, Cambridge. He previously taught at the Universities of Chicago and London, and is the author of two books, A Continental Distinction in the Common Law: A Historical and Comparative Perspective on English Public Law (OUP 1996) and The English Historical Constitution: Continuity, Change and European Effects (CUP 2007).
Table of Contents
Part I: The Comparative Study of the Constitution
1. General Characteristics of Existing English Constitutionalism (May 1897)
2. Constitutionalism of the Commonwealth (June 1897)
3. English Constitutionalism under George III (undated)
4. American Constitutionalism (May 1897)
5. French Constitutionalism (May 1897) (with Appendix, Droit Administratif and Constitution of Year VIII, Art. 75)
6. Prussian Constitutionalism (May 1897)
7. Party Government (July 1898)
8. Parliamentarism (August 1898)
9. General Conclusions (May 1897)
Part II: The Comparative Study of Constitutions
1. Historical and Non-Historical Constitutions
2. Ancient Constitutionalism and Modern Constitutionalism
3. Representative Government
4. The Separation of Powers
5. Divisions of Constitutions
6. The Judiciary in Relation to the Executive and Legislative Powers
7. Local Government and Centralization
8. Federal Government
9. Federal Government (continued): The Australian Commonwealth
I. Memorandum on English Party System of Government
II. Lecture 4: Comparison of English Executive with other Executives or Parliamentary and Non-Parliamentary Executives
III. Note 2: Self Government and Note 3: Self Government and Local Self Government
IV. Modes of Changing or Amending a Constitution
V. Authorities and Questions for The Comparative Study of Constitutions
VI. Note 17: Conclusions as to Droit Administratif
VII. Why Universal Suffrage Suits France
VIII. Scheme of Lectures, 1906
IX. Scheme of Lectures, 1908