1. Setting the tone: the act of Settlement and the emergence of the balance of powers -- 2. 1900-1960: the declining role of the English judiciary -- 3. The gradual u-turn -- 4. The years of conservative government -- 5. Jurisprudence or politics -- 6. Balance of powers: the independence of individual judges -- 7. The balance of powers: the judges as a separate branch of government? -- 8. New Labour in power -- 9. The second coming -- 10. The future
"In this new book, Robert Stevens looks at the English judiciary from an historical perspective with especial reference to its changing role in the 20th Century. He examines current debates about the position of the judges in the light of the possible future roles of the judiciary. The centrepiece of the book is a detailed study of the political influences on the judiciary and the influence the judiciary has had on politics in the latter 20th Century. The book concludes by examining proposed reforms designed to ensure that the English judiciary will both maintain its strength and enhance its utility in the 21st Century. It offers no simple minded argument for separation of powers but analyses what is needed to clarify the balance of powers and to advance the debate about the role of an unelected judiciary in an increasingly democratic society."
Separation of powers
Includes index and bibliographical references
Includes bibliographical references: (pages -162) and index