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PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION

Such changes of political climate as well as in the social background have yet, however, to shew their effects on the working of the British Constitution. The external forms have indeed been remarkably little changed. For example, the great extension of nationalised industry and central controls has increased the number of public boards, of government departments, and of inter-departmental committees and other mechanisms without materially affecting their substance or doing more than underline their problems. So far, the main result of these changes has been to pose in still sharper terms the question with which this study closes. The strength of the Constitution in the past has lain in the singleness of training among those who controlled its working: would it respond efficiently to the coming into political dominance of a different element with different demands upon the State? What can be added is to point out that the shake-up of the war has done more to modify the rigidities of the social structure than, without it, could have been brought about by anything short of a revolution. Thus it may have opened easier ways of transition.
But it rests with the post-war years of reconstruction to determine the shape of the new society and to adapt the constitution to them. No one can yet say whether the ultimate outcome of the revolutionary years will be to stabilise the equalitarian tendencies in a more democratic society, or to usher in a new period of sterility and reaction such as that which followed the first world war. Yet in view of them it is surprising how little has needed changing in the text. Apart from minor detail (where the text has been altered or footnotes added to bring it up to date), there are only three points-conferment of the local government franchise on "all at the age of twenty-one, the extension of the State educational

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system, and the considerable democratisation of the armed forces. The text has been revised in relation to the first two. With regard to the third, we cannot yet know what the final result of war followed by peace-time conscription will be. That it will be any serious modification of the salient features of their peace-time structure as described here is by no means apparent. The text has therefore been left practically unchanged, and since the figures of cost have not yet settled down to a peace-time basis no attempt has been made to bring them up to date.
H. R. G. G.
October I947

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