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Title Social and political foundations of constitutions / edited by Denis J. Galligan, Mila Versteeg
Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (xx, 672 pages)
Series Comparative constitutional law and policy
Comparative constitutional law and policy.
Contents Part I. Introduction -- Theoretical perspectives on the social and political foundations of constitutions / Denis Galligan and Mila Versteeg -- Part II. Theoretical Perspectives -- Why a constitution? / Russell Hardin -- Constitutions as mission statements / Jeff King -- Transnational constitutionalism : a conceptual framework / Benedikt Goderis and Mila Versteeg -- The people, the constitution, and the idea of representation / Denis J. Galligan -- The strategic foundations of constitutions / Ran Hirschl -- Constitutions as contract, constitutions as charters / Tom Ginsburg -- Part III. Case Studies -- Accidental constitutionalism : the political foundations and implications of constitution-making in Israel / Adam Shinar -- The myth of imposed constitution / David S. Law -- Social, political, and philosophical foundations of the Irish constitutional order / Paul Brady -- South Sudan's dualistic constitution / Kevin L. Cope -- New Zealand : abandoning Westminster? / David Erdos -- The juristic republic of Iran / Binesh Hass -- Neo-Bolivarian constitutional design : comparing the 1999 Venezuelan, 2008 Ecuadorian, and 2009 Bolivian constitutions / Phoebe King -- The constitution as agreement to agree : the social and political foundations (and effects) of the 1971 Egyptian constitution / Clark Lombardi
Summary "This volume analyses the social and political forces that influence constitutions and the process of constitution making. It combines theoretical perspectives on the social and political foundations of constitutions with a range of detailed case studies of constitution making in nineteen different countries. In the first part of the volume, leading scholars analyse and develop a range of theoretical perspectives, including constitutions as coordination devices, mission statements, contracts, products of domestic power play, transnational documents, and as reflection of the will of the people. In the second part of the volume, these theories are examined through in-depth case studies of the social and political foundations of constitutions in countries such as Egypt, Nigeria, Japan, Romania, Bulgaria, New Zealand, Israel, Argentina, and others. The result is a multidimensional study of constitutions as social phenomena and their interaction with other social phenomena. The approach combines social science analysis of the nature of constitutions with case studies of selected constitutions"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Constitutional law -- Political aspects.
Constitutional law -- Social aspects.
Genre/Form Constitutions.
Form Electronic book
Author Galligan, D. J. (Denis James), 1947- editor
Versteeg, Mila, 1983- editor
ISBN 9781107420557
1107416698 (electronic bk.)
1139507508 (electronic bk.)
9781107416697 (electronic bk.)
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