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A Sociology of Transnational Constitutions: Social Foundations of the Post-National Legal Structure

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ISBN13: 9781107038523
Published: September 2016
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £69.99



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This book is the second in a series of volumes on the Sociology of Constitutions. This volume focuses on the rise of transnational constitutional laws, primarily created by the interaction between national and international courts and by the domestic transformation of international law. Through detailed analysis of patterns of institutional formation at key historical junctures in a number of national societies, it examines the social processes that have locked national states into an increasingly transnational constitutional order, and it explains how the growth of global constitutional norms has provided a stabilizing framework for the functions of state institutions.

The book adopts a distinctive historical-sociological approach to these questions, examining the deep continuities between national constitutional law and contemporary models of global law. The volume makes an important contribution to the sociology of constitutional law, to the sociology of post-national legal processes, and to the sociology of human rights law.

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Subjects:
Constitutional and Administrative Law, Law and Society
Contents:
Introduction
1. The national political system and the classical constitutional formula
2. Constitutional rights and the global political system
3. The constitution of international law: a sociological approach
4. The crisis of social inclusion and the paradox of the nation state
5. Constitutional rights and the inclusion of the nation: systemic transformations I
6. Constitutional rights and the inclusion of the nation: systemic transformations II
7. The autonomy of the post-national legal structure: the auto-constituent constitution
Conclusion.