The Approach to Self-Government

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 9, 2011 - Law - 214 pages
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During his lifetime, Sir Ivor Jennings (1903-1965) was well known as the author of several standard books on constitutional law. He acted as constitutional adviser to the governments of Ceylon and Pakistan and was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ceylon. This 1956 book followed in the tradition of his earlier The British Constitution and is a clear statement by an expert with a characteristically practical point of view. It is principally concerned with a practical problem: what constitution shall be given to a new country about to govern itself for the first time? Published at a time when colonial empires were moving more or less peaceably towards self-government, it was based on a series of broadcast talks originally commissioned by the BBC in the belief that the experiences gained in Asia were in principle applicable to other countries approaching self-government.
 

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Contents

THE PROBLEM
1
THE PEOPLE
25
THE UNIT OF GOVERNMENT
41
ELECTIONS
59
COMMUNALISM IN ELECTIONS
85
A BILL OF RIGHTS
98
THE LEGISLATURE III
100
ADMINISTRATION
125
EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
129
EXECUTIVE GOVERNMENT
151
THE DILEMMA OF REPRE
162
THE TRANSITION
184
Index
200
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