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Constitutions Compared: An Introduction to Comparative Constitutional Law 4th ed

ISBN13: 9781780683997
Previous Edition ISBN: 9781780680781
Published: September 2016
Publisher: Intersentia Publishers
Country of Publication: Belgium
Format: Paperback
Price: £90.00

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The new edition of this handbook provides a user-friendly introduction to comparative constitutional law. For each area of constitutional law, a general introduction and a comparative overview is provided, which is then followed by more detailed country chapters on that specific area. In this fourth edition, the author has expanded several chapters to provide for even more detail on national legal systems and constitutional comparison. In addition, he has updated the discussion wherever necessary. Thus, this book most notably takes account of the new election system in Germany; the operation of the constitutional review procedure in France; the Scottish referendum and its aftermath in the UK; the new procedure for the formation of a government in the Netherlands; the discussion about the accession of the EU to the European Convention on Human Rights; and notably the effects on domestic constitutional law in the EU member states by EU membership, the EMU, the political dialogue between national parliaments and the Commission, the banking union and many other relevant developments. The EU has therefore more extensively been woven into this book, as a constitutional system per se and as an international organization which heavily impacts upon domestic constitutional law.

Now this successful book is a helpful guide for students who are for the first time exploring comparative constitutional law, and a solid foundation for more advanced graduate-level courses.

Constitutional and Administrative Law, Comparative Law
Introduction to Comparative Constitutional Law
Constitutions Compared: Origins and Main Features
Federalism, Unitarism and Decentralization
Parliaments and Lawmaking
Governments, their Parliaments and their Heads of State
Judicial Review and Human Rights
Concluding Comparative Comments

Annex 1: List of Tables, Charts and Graphs
Annex 2: Useful Links
Annex 3: Exercises and Model Exam Questions
Annex 4: Glossary
Annex 5: Overview of Constitutions Compared
Annex 6: The Constitutons of The United States
Annex 7: The French Constitution
Annex 8. French Declaration of the Rights of Man
Annex 9: The German Basic Law
Annex 10: The Charter for the Kingdom of The Netherlands
Annex 11: The Dutch Constitution
Annex 12: Selected Statutory Provisions from The United Kingdom
Annex 13: The European Convention on Human Rights
Annex 14: The Treaty on European Union and Protocols 1 and 2
Annex 15: Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union