Introduction to Comparative Constitution Making: The state of the field

Hanna Lerner, David Landau

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This introduction to the Elgar Handbook of Comparative Constitution Making briefly lays out some of the most important recent debates in a burgeoning field. Part 1 defines constitution making and explores recent literature on why it is carried out. Part 2 considers recent work on the relationship between constitution making and “the people,” focusing on the theory of constituent power and its potential competitors. Part 3 looks at academic literature on the design of constitution making processes, focusing on three hotly-debated dimensions: the nature of the drafting body, forms of popular participation, and the role of courts. Part 4 considers the state of the art on the question of how constitution making might ameliorate or exacerbate various kinds of division, while Part 5 looks at the ways in which globalization and diffusion are impacting practices of constitution making, and the underlying question of convergence or divergence of constitution making models. Finally, Part 6 provides a map for the 25 substantive chapters that make up the rest of the handbook.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComparative Constitution Making
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781785365263
ISBN (Print)9781785365256
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019


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