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Bonfire of the liberties : New Labour, human rights, and the rule of law

By: Ewing, Keith

0199584788 / 9780199584789
Paperback
323'.0941'09049
11/03/2010
Stock expected by 09/04/2020
England
24 cm xxiii, 310 p.
Professional & Vocational  Learn More Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly

This provocative book confronts the corrosion of civil liberties under successive New Labour governments since 1997. It argues that the last decade has seen a wholesale failure of constitutional principle and exposed the futility of depending on legal rights to restrict the power of executive government. It considers the steps necessary to prevent the continued decline of political standards, arguing that only through rebalancing political power can civil libertiesbe adequately protected. Relying on extensive new research of inaccessible sources, the book examines the major battlegrounds over civil liberties under New Labour, including the growth and abuse of police power, state surveillance and counter-terrorist measures. It unfolds a compelling narrative of the major battles fought before Parliament and in the courts, and attacks the failure of the political and legal systems to offer protection to those suffering abuses of their civil liberty at the hands of an aggressiveExecutive. In doing so, it offers a definitive account of the struggle for civil liberty in modern Britain, and a controversial argument for the reforms necessary to contain executive power.

BIC:

LNDC2 Privacy law, LNDC4 Freedom of expression law, LNDF Freedom of information law, LNDH Government powers

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