UK Constitution sources
UK Constitution principles
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25 (source) & 40 mark exam questions
Q June 2013 - Assess the strengths of the UK constitution. (25)
Q Jan 2013 – To what extent have constitutional reforms introduced since ‘97 made the UK more democratic? (40)
Q June 2012 - To what extent have the coalition’s proposals to reform the constitution been controversial? (25)
Q Jan 2012 – To what extent have constitutional reforms since 1997 reduced the powers of UK gov? (40)
Q June 2011 –To what extent has the location of sovereignty in the UK changed in recent years? (40)
Q Jan 2011 – ‘The UK constitution is no longer fit for purpose.’ Discuss. (40)
Q June 2010 – Make out a case against the adoption of a codified constitution for the UK. (25)
Q Jan 2010 - ‘The advantages of a codified constitution now outweigh its disadvantages’. Discuss. (40)
Q June 2009 – ‘Constitutional reform since 1997 has not gone far enough.’ Discuss. (40)
Other possible questions
Short answer questions – just knowledge
Q Outline two features of a codified constitution.
Q Distinguish between a unitary and a federal constitution.
Q What is a constitution?
Q Outline the role of a constitution.
Q What is sovereignty?
Q Distinguish between a codified and an uncodified constitution.
Medium answer – knowledge & a little analysis
Q Explain three sources of the UK constitution.
Q Where, in the UK constitutional system is sovereignty located?
Q How has devolution affected the UK’s unitary constitution?
Q Explain, using examples, the sources of the UK constitution.
Q Explain the main features of the UK constitution.
Long answer – a range of points (both sides), analysis & evaluation
Q How and to what extent does the UK constitution remain undemocratic?
Q ‘The reform of the British constitution remains unfinished business.’ Explain & discuss
Q How much have constitutional reforms since 1997 reduced governmental power?
Q To what extent has the location of sovereignty in the UK changed in recent years?
Q Why have there been growing calls for a codified constitution in the UK?
Q Evaluate the arguments in favour of introducing a codified constitution in the UK.
Q Analyse the importance of conventions within the UK constitution. (A different way of asking for arguments in favour of our flexible constitution)
Q Why has the UK constitution been criticised?
Q ‘The UK constitution is no longer fit for purpose.’ Discuss. (40)