Hilaire Barnett’s Constitutional and Administrative Law has consistently provided students with reliable, accessible and comprehensive coverage of the Public Law syllabus. Mapped to the common course outline, the Fourteenth edition equips students with a thorough understanding of the UK constitution’s past, present and future by analysing and illustrating the political and socio-historical contexts that have shaped the major rules and principles of constitutional and administrative law, as well as ongoing constitutional reform.

This edition has been fully updated and includes discussion of the consequences of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union, including the impact on the legislative supremacy of Parliament and the relationship between EU and domestic law after departure. It also features discussion of the 2020 Coronavirus Act, with its implications for state power, and ahead of the forthcoming new SQE qualification, revised multiple choice questions on the Companion Website.

Ideal for students studying constitutional and administrative law for the first time, this is an indispensable guide to the challenging concepts and legal rules in public law.

part Part 1|52 pages

General Introduction

chapter Chapter 1|28 pages

Introducing Constitutional Law

chapter Chapter 2|22 pages

Sources of the Constitution

part Part 2|116 pages

Fundamental Constitutional Concepts

chapter Chapter 3|31 pages

The Rule of Law

chapter Chapter 4|19 pages

The Separation of Powers

chapter Chapter 5|29 pages

The Royal Prerogative

chapter Chapter 6|35 pages

Parliamentary Sovereignty

part Part 3|60 pages

The European Union

chapter Chapter 7|37 pages

Structures and Institutions of the European Union

chapter Chapter 8|21 pages

European Union Law and National Law

part Part 4|86 pages

Central, Regional and Local Government

chapter Chapter 9|22 pages

Central Government

chapter Chapter 10|20 pages

Ministerial Responsibility

chapter Chapter 11|42 pages

Devolution and Local Government

part Part 5|144 pages


chapter Chapter 12|28 pages

The Electoral System

chapter Chapter 13|13 pages

Introduction to the House of Commons

chapter Chapter 14|22 pages

The Legislative Process

chapter Chapter 15|24 pages

Scrutiny of the Executive

chapter Chapter 16|24 pages

The House of Lords

chapter Chapter 17|31 pages

Parliamentary Privilege

part Part 6|144 pages

The Individual and the State

chapter Chapter 18|30 pages

The Protection of Human Rights

chapter Chapter 19|33 pages

Freedom of Expression and Privacy

chapter Chapter 20|34 pages

Freedom of Association and Assembly and Police Powers

chapter Chapter 21|45 pages

State Security

part Part 7|36 pages

Judges and the Legal System

chapter Chapter 22|34 pages

Judges and the English Legal System

part Part 8|152 pages

Administrative Law

chapter Chapter 25|27 pages

Grounds for Judicial Review II: Procedural Impropriety

chapter Chapter 26|22 pages

Tribunals and Inquiries

chapter Chapter 27|24 pages

Commissioners for Administration: Ombudsmen