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Comparative Constitutional Studies: Between Magic and Deceit

ISBN13: 9781782548973
Published: March 2018
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £95.00
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Comparative Constitutional Studies takes a rich area of research and teaching and makes it attractive for the classroom setting and beyond. Every constitution has an interesting story to tell, and for this book Günter Frankenberg has selected vibrant examples that encourage readers to practise realism, demonstrate critical spirit and examine the dark side of framers’ reports and normative theories.

This book deals with textbook hegemons, made in Philadelphia, Tokyo, Paris and, more importantly, with other constitutions from the global south, often classified as also-ran. Constitutions reflect conflicts and experiences, political visions and anxieties, ideals and ideologies, and Frankenberg’s interdisciplinary approach serves as an excellent introduction to a new transnational conversation in comparative constitutional law.

Its fresh perspective will make this book as an excellent resource for scholars and students of comparative constitutional law, political science, sociology, and anthropology.

Constitutional and Administrative Law
Preface 1. Constitutions: Between Magic and Deceit

PART I Theory and Method
2. Constitutional Idiom and Design
3. Comparing Constitutions: Theory and Method

PART II History and Transfer
4. Constitutional Transfer and Experimentalism
5. Constitutional Experiments in Nineteenth Century Europe

PART III Order from Conflict
6. Constituting Order
7. Constituting Against Partition and Fragmentation
8. Constituting States of Exception Epilogue