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Are We There Yet?: Measuring Success of Constitutional Reform

PDF · Maria Dakolias · Oct-16-2012 · 39 VAND. J. TRANSNAT'L L. 1117 (2006)

Like many other countries in the world, the United Kingdom has been modernizing its constitutional arrangements.  But unlike all other countries, there is no codified, written constitution.  Since 1997, that unwritten constitution has undergone a radical overhaul.  Taken together, the changes to systems and institutions represent the most sustained program of reform in the United Kingdom for a century.  The main question is whether these reforms were successful.  What does success mean?  As is well known, implementation is the key to success.  So evalutaing the reforms and discussing successes and challenges are not only important for the U.K. internal dialogue but also for other countries.  As regionalism and globalization continue, the world is less compartmentalized, less segmented, and more interdependent than ever before.  Today the rule of law and good governance are very much part of the development agenda.  This article assists in providng a public account of how the reforms have come thus far and explain what constitutional reform is in the United Kingdom.




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