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Social and Political Foundations of Constitutions

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Denis Galligan, Mila Versteeg, Russell Hardin, Jeff King, Benedikt Goderis, Ran Hirschl, Tom Ginsburg, Adam Shinar, David S. Law, Paul Brady, Kevin L. Cope, David Erdos, Binesh Hass, Phoebe King, Clark Lombardi, Pedro Magalhães, Anne Meuwese, Christina Parau, Charles H. Parkinson, Miguel Schor, Brian Z. Tamanaha, Daniel Smilov, Neil Walker
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  • Date Published: December 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107032880
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  • 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 from nineteen countries. In the first part 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 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.

    • Includes constitutional systems that are not commonly studied in the comparative law literature (including Micronesia, Egypt, Nigeria and South Sudan)
    • Provides the most comprehensive study to date on the social and political foundations of constitutions from a global perspective
    • Combines different theoretical perspectives that are well recognised in the literature into one single volume
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    28th Mar 2015 by Walid5643

    it is a valuable comprehensive volume for the researchers of the constitutional issues. I found excellent essays inside the book that are interesting for my MA research. I hope it will be easily available for the researcher in E-book format for studying purposes.

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    • Date Published: December 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107032880
    • length: 694 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 37 mm
    • weight: 1.09kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 4 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Theoretical perspectives on the social and political foundations of constitutions Denis Galligan and Mila Versteeg
    Part II. Theoretical Perspectives:
    2. Why a constitution? Russell Hardin
    3. Constitutions as mission statements Jeff King
    4. Transnational constitutions Benedikt Goderis and Mila Versteeg
    5. The people, the constitution, and the idea of representation Denis Galligan
    6. The strategic foundations of constitutions Ran Hirschl
    7. Constitutions as contract, constitutions as charter Tom Ginsburg
    Part III. Case Studies:
    8. Accidental constitutionalism: the political foundations and implications of constitution making in Israel Adam Shinar
    9. The myth of imposed constitutionalism in Japan David S. Law
    10. Social, political, and philosophical foundations of the Irish constitutional order Paul Brady
    11. South Sudan's dualistic constitution Kevin L. Cope
    12. New Zealand David Erdos
    13. The juristic republic of Iran Binesh Hass
    14. Neo-Bolivarian constitutional design: comparing the 1999 Venezuelan, 2008 Ecuadorian, and 2009 Bolivian constitutions Phoebe King
    15. The constitution as agreement to agree: the social and political foundations (and effects) of the 1971 Egyptian constitution Clark Lombardi
    16. Explaining the constitutionalization of social rights: Portuguese hypotheses and a cross national test Pedro Magalhães
    17. Popular constitution making: the case of Iceland Anne Meuwese
    18. Romania's transnational constitution: a tradition of elite learning and self-empowerment Christina Parau
    19. The social and political foundations of the Nigerian constitution Charles H. Parkinson
    20. The once and future democracy: Argentina at the bar of constitutionalism Miguel Schor
    21. A battle between law and society in Micronesia Brian Z. Tamanaha
    22. Constitutionalism of shallow foundations: the case of Bulgaria Daniel Smilov
    23. The shifting foundations of the European Union constitution Neil Walker.

  • Editors

    Denis J. Galligan, University of Oxford
    Denis J. Galligan is Professor of Socio-Legal Studies at Oxford University and Professorial Fellow of Wolfson College Oxford. His publications include Law in Modern Society (2007), Due Process and Fair Procedures: A Study of Administrative Procedures (1997), and Discretionary Powers (1987).

    Mila Versteeg, University of Virginia
    Mila Versteeg is Associate Professor at the University of Virginia School of Law. Her research and teaching interests include comparative constitutional law, public international law and empirical legal studies. Prior to joining the University of Virginia School of Law, Versteeg was an Olin Fellow and lecturer in law at the University of Chicago Law School. Versteeg's articles have appeared in the Journal of Legal Studies, the California Law Review, the NYU Law Review and the UCLA Law Review, among others.

    Contributors

    Denis Galligan, Mila Versteeg, Russell Hardin, Jeff King, Benedikt Goderis, Ran Hirschl, Tom Ginsburg, Adam Shinar, David S. Law, Paul Brady, Kevin L. Cope, David Erdos, Binesh Hass, Phoebe King, Clark Lombardi, Pedro Magalhães, Anne Meuwese, Christina Parau, Charles H. Parkinson, Miguel Schor, Brian Z. Tamanaha, Daniel Smilov, Neil Walker

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