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Constitutionalism and Democracy

Constitutionalism and Democracy

Part of Studies in Rationality and Social Change

Jon Elster, Stephen Holmes, Adam Przeworski, Rune Slagstad, Francis Sejersted;, Bruce A. Ackerman, Jennifer Nedelsky, Francis Sejersted, Cass R. Sunstein
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  • Date Published: December 1993
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521457217


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  • The eleven essays in this volume, supplemented by an editorial introduction, centre around three overlapping problems. First, why would a society want to limit its own sovereign power by imposing constitutional constraints on democratic decision-making? Second, what are the contributions of democracy and constitutions to efficient government? Third, what are the relations among democracy, constitutionalism, and private property? This comprehensive discussion of the problems inherent in constitutional democracy will be of interest to students in a variety of social sciences. It illuminates particularly the current efforts of many countries, especially in Latin America, to establish stable democratic regimes.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 1993
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521457217
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 140 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Notes on contributors, Introduction Jon Elster
    1. Gag rules or the politics of omission Stephen Holmes
    2. Democracy as a contingent outcome of conflicts Adam Przeworski
    3. Consequences of constitutional choice: reflections on Tocqueville Jon Elster
    4. Liberal constitutionalism and its critics: Carl Schmitt and Max Weber Rune Slagstad
    5. Democracy and the rule of law: some historical experiences of contradictions in the striving for good government Francis Sejersted
    6. Neo-federalism? Bruce A. Ackerman
    7. Precommitment and the paradox of democracy Stephen Holmes
    8. American constitutionalism and the paradox of private property Jennifer Nedelsky
    9. From liberal constitutionalism to corporate pluralism: the conflict over the enabling acts in Norway after the Second World War and the subsequent constitutional development Francis Sejersted
    10. Arguments of constitutional choice: reflections on the transition to socialism Jon Elster
    11. Constitutions and democracies: an epilogue Cass R. Sunstein

  • Editors

    Jon Elster, University of Chicago and Institute for Social Research, Oslo

    Rune Slagstad


    Jon Elster, Stephen Holmes, Adam Przeworski, Rune Slagstad, Francis Sejersted;, Bruce A. Ackerman, Jennifer Nedelsky, Francis Sejersted, Cass R. Sunstein

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