The Nature of Parliamentary Sovereignty

  • A. V. Dicey


The sovereignty of Parliament is (from a legal point of view) the dominant characteristic of our political institutions.


Parliamentary Elector Channel Island Sovereign Power Legislative Power Legal Fact 
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    Hallam, Constitutional History of England (1884 ed.), vol. iii, p. 236.Google Scholar
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    See Stubbs, Constitutional History of England, vol. i (1874), pp. 126–128, and vol. ii (1875), pp. 245–247.Google Scholar
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    See Stubbs, Constitutional History of England, vol. ii (1875), pp. 239, 486, 513–515.Google Scholar
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    Gardiner, History of England, vol. iii (1883), pp. 1–5; cf. as to Bacon’s view of the prerogative, Abbott, Francis Bacon (1885), pp. 140, 260, 279.Google Scholar
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    Cf. Iunes, Law of Creeds in Scotland(1867), pp. 118–121.Google Scholar
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    See Austin, Jurisprudence (4th ed., 1879), vol. i, pp. 251–255. Compare Austin’s language as to the sovereign body under the constitution of the United States (ibid. p. 268).Google Scholar
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    Cf. Jennings, The Law and the Constitution (4th ed., 1952), pp. 144–145.Google Scholar
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    Stephen, Science of Ethics (1882), p. 143; cf. Jennings, op. cit., p. 143. “ Parliament passes many laws which many people do not want. But it never passes any laws which any substantial section of the population violently dislikes.”Google Scholar

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