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Asia-Pacific Constitutional Systems

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Graham HassallLandegg International University, Switzerland, Cheryl SaundersUniversity of Melbourne

ISBN13: 9780521591294
ISBN: 0521591295
Published: July 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: Price on Application
Paperback edition , ISBN13 9780521033411



This book describes and critically analyses the formal constitutional changes that have recently taken place in the Asia-Pacific region, embracing the countries of East and South East Asia and Pacific Island states. In examining the variety amongst constitutional systems operating in the region, it asks several key questions: What constitutional arrangements operate in the region and how can their fundamental differences in structure and operation be explained? How do social, political and economic factors limit the effects of the constitution in place? What lessons exist for the practice of constitutionalism elsewhere? The aim of the book is to ground the idea of constitutionalism in local and global practices, and, through examining these practices, to identify significant challenges to the workings of contemporary constitutional orders.

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Contents:
Part I. Modernity and nation-states at the dawn of the global era: 1. Traditional states and colonisation; 2. The 'modern' constitution; 3. Writing the constitution
Part II. The constitution of modernity: 4. The legislature; 5. Representation; 6. Head of state; 7. Constitutional revision
Part III. Democracy and the rule of law: 8. Courts and the judiciary; 9. The suspension of constitutional power; 10. Devolution; Conclusions: Postmodernity and integrative constitutionalism.