Book focuses on constitutional and parliamentary reform

Monday, 14 July 2003

Literary works have a tendency of emerging following discussion, a thought or an idea.

In the case of Dr John Williams and Dr Clement Macintyre, two senior lecturers at the University of Adelaide, their latest work Peace, Order and Good Government was born after they had attended a conference in August last year.

And the focus of the book provided an obvious fit for their book, which was published by Wakefield Press last month.

"This book is a result of a conference held last August which considered the possible issues of constitutional and parliamentary reform for South Australia and the other States," they said.

"In commencing this project we were pleased by the enthusiastic responses from academics and politicians. The final collection brings together some of the leading scholars in the area and we hope that it will provoke informed discussion on the issues."

Peace, Order and Good Government brings together acknowledged experts in the area of constitutional and parliamentary reform. The 20 contributors distinguish between constitutional theory and practice and illuminate fundamental notions about reform and the reasons for it.

The four sections of the book analyse processes and comparative experiences, the content of reform, the ways, the means and limitations of reform and ways of making the parliament work. The conclusion sums up the politics of parliamentary and constitutional reform.

"This work was the product of a collaboration between members of the Law School and the Politics Department and was supported by the Attorney-General's Department, Johnson Winter & Slattery, the Research Branch of the University and the AACL," they said.

Dr Williams is a constitutional lawyer in the Law school and Dr Macintyre is a politics lecturer who was chair of the Panel of Experts appointed to advise the South Australian Parliament on options for reform.

"We hope the ideas in this book will stimulate broader and continuing debates in the lead up to, and as part of, the State governments formal constitutional convention in August this year."


Contact Details

Professor John Williams
Dean of Law School
Director, South Australian Law Reform Institute
The University of Adelaide

Professor Clem Macintyre
Head, School of History & Politics
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
The University of Adelaide
Business: +61 8 8313 5601
Mobile: 0432 977 055

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