Parliament and Non-Sovereign Law-Making Bodies

  • A. V. Dicey


In my last chapter I dwelt upon the nature of Parliamentary sovereignty; my object in this chapter is to illustrate the characteristics of such sovereignty by comparing the essential features of a sovereign Parliament like that of England with the traits which mark non-sovereign law-making bodies.


Railway Company Legislative Body Legislative Council Rigid Constitution Home Government 
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