Constitution in Crisis hits the bookshelves, and MPs' desks, this week!
FLJS is proud to announce the publication of Constitution in Crisis: The New Putney Debates, a volume of short essays that brings together 25 prominent intellectuals to grapple with the Brexit conundrum. The book is published by I.B.Tauris and emerged from the Putney Debates 2017, a landmark event held at St Mary's Church, Putney in February this year at which over 500 people debated the future of the UK Constitution in the wake of the EU referendum.
The debates that began at St Mary’s Church, Putney on 28 October 1647 pioneered the liberal, democratic settlement in England: a written constitution, universal suffrage, freedom of conscience and equality before the law. Four centuries later, the 2016 Brexit referendum raised fundamental questions concerning the constitution of the United Kingdom.
Constitution in Crisis enquires deeper into the constitutional crisis at the heart of today’s politics. Featuring easily digestible essays from a series of high-profile commentators including A.C. Grayling, Vernon Bogdanor, David Runciman, and Timothy Garton Ash, the book provides clear insights and provocative new perspectives on the UK's most important political debate of the twenty-first century.
Denis Galligan, Professor of Socio-Legal Studies at Oxford, who outlines the issues at stake in the Introduction to the book, describes the inspiration behind the book's publication:
A copy of the book will be sent to each MP and Higher Court judge in the land, and is set to be a must-read contribution to the ongoing public debate about the future of the UK Constitution.
Professor Galligan said of the initiative that "we hope that this short volume goes some way to addressing the calls for better civic education, for the electorate and elected representatives alike" that were expressed at the Putney Debates 2017.
Copies are available to buy in all High Street bookshops, or you can order your discounted copy from the FLJS Publications pages: www.fljs.org/Constitution-in-Crisis
Praise for Constitution in Crisis
- Paul Craig, Professor of English Law, University of Oxford