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Constitutional Paradigms and the Stability of States

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ISBN13: 9780754679202
Published: April 2012
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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This book examines the influence of constitutional legal paradigms upon the political stability and viability of states. It contributes to the literature in the field by focussing on how constitutional flexibility may have led to the rise of 'successful' states and to the decline of 'unsuccessful' states, by promoting stability.

Divided into two parts, the books considers theories of the rise and fall of civilizations and individual states, explains the concept of hard and soft constitutions and applies this concept to different types of state models. A series of international case studies in the second part of the book identifies the key dynamics in legal, political and economic history and includes the UK, US, New Zealand and Eastern Europe.

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Subjects:
Constitutional and Administrative Law
Contents:
Preface
Introduction
Part I Legal Paradigms: The rise and fall of states
The influence of constitutional paradigms
The hard and soft constitution.
Part II The Viability of States
The underlying theory
Authoritarianism
Doctrinaire liberalism
Empires and supra-national entities
Mixed models
Conclusions
Bibliography
Index.