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A Sociology of Constitutions: Constitutions and State Legitimacy in Historical-Sociological Perspective

ISBN13: 9781107610569
Published: November 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
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Using a methodology that both analyzes particular constitutional texts and theories and reconstructs their historical evolution, Chris Thornhill examines the social role and legitimating status of constitutions from the first quasi-constitutional documents of medieval Europe, through the classical period of revolutionary constitutionalism, to recent processes of constitutional transition. A Sociology of Constitutions explores the reasons why modern societies require constitutions and constitutional norms and presents a distinctive socio-normative analysis of the constitutional preconditions of political legitimacy.

Constitutional and Administrative Law, Legal History
1. Medieval constitutions
2. Constitutions and early modernity
3. States, rights and the revolutionary form of power
4. Constitutions from Empire to Fascism
5. Constitutions and democratic transitions.