The Cambridge Companion to Public Law, which I am editing with David Feldman, will be published later this year. In the meantime, we have posted the editors’ introduction to SSRN; a copy can be downloaded here.
The book examines key debates and issues in contemporary public law. In particular, it identifies and draws out five key themes: the notions of government and the state; the place of the state and public law in the world at large; relationships between institutions and officials within the state; the legitimacy of institutions; and the identity and value of public law in relation to politics. The book presents a contemporary examination, taking account of the substantial changes witnessed in this area in recent decades and of the resulting need to reassess orthodox accounts of the subject. We are pleased to have secured contributions from a range of leading authorities in the UK and other common-law jurisdictions. The books aim to serve both as an accessible introduction and as a collection that consciously moves the discipline forward.