New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
xx, 672 pages ; 24 cm.
Comparative constitutional law and policy.
Formatted Contents Note
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. Explaining the constitutionalization of social rights : Portuguese hypotheses and a cross national test / Pedro Magalhães Popular constitution-making : the case of Iceland / Anne Meuwese Romania's transnational constitution : a tradition of elite learning and self-empowerment / Christina Parau The social and political foundations of the Nigerian constitution / Charles H. Parkinson The once and future democracy : Argentina at the bar of constitutionalism / Miguel Schor Battle between law and society in Micronesia / Brian Z. Tamanaha Constitutionalism of shallow foundations : the case of Bulgaria / Daniel Smilov The shifting foundations of the European Union constitution / Neil Walker.
"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 analyze 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.
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Includes bibliographical references and indexes.