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Constitutionalism and democracy : transitions in the contemporary world : the American Council of Learned Societies comparative constitutionalism papers /
edited by Douglas Greenberg ... [et al.].
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New York : Oxford University Press, 1993.
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xxiii, 391 p. ; 24 cm.
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0195071077 (acid-free paper) :
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New York : Oxford University Press, 1993.
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0195071077 (acid-free paper) :
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Papers from a series of international conferences organized by the American Council of Learned Societies.
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4775770
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1994-03:
The 25 papers in this volume are the culmination of a series of international conferences held by the American Council of Learned Societies on the issue of comparative constitutionalism. Five regional conferences were held in Uruguay, Thailand, Germany, Zimbabwe, and Hungary emphasizing regional issues with a summary conference at Princeton. Contributors to this work represent all of these regions and are drawn from academia, journalism, and public life. This volume is particularly relevant and important with the breakup of the Soviet Union and the constitution-making processes now being undertaken in the former Soviet states. Although it is impossible to review all the papers in this limited space, it is important to note that all are extraordinary pieces and will contribute in an important way to this developing field. They include discussions on the critical topics of transitions to constitutionalism and democracy, human rights, nationalism and pluralism, theories of the state, institutional relationships, and particular problems in constitutional development. Of special note is the excellent overview essay by Walter Murphy which summarizes much of his earlier writing in American Constitutional Interpretation (1986) and places it within the context of cross-cultural constitutional study. Graduate; faculty. M. W. Bowers; University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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"All are extraordinary pieces and will contribute in an important way to this developing field....Of note is the excellent overview essay."--Choice
"All are extraordinary pieces and will contribute in an important way tothis developing field....Of note is the excellent overviewessay."--Choice
"A valuable addition to any collection on comparative constitutional law."--Bimonthly Review of Law Books
"A valuable addition to any collection on comparative constitutionallaw."--Bimonthly Review of Law Books
"A valuable addition to any collection on comparative constitutional law."--Bimonthly Review of Law Books"All are extraordinary pieces and will contribute in an important way to this developing field....Of note is the excellent overview essay."--Choice
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The political changes which have occurred in the last three years have been phenomenal--the dissolving of the former Soviet Union, the impending union of Western Europe, and the evolution of democracy in Eastern Europe. What changes have occurred in the legal structure of these countries? How have their constitutions been affected by these developments? Stanley Katz, Douglas Greenberg, and other scholars and politicians from numerous countries discuss in this work the experiences of constitutionalism. Previously, little work has been done in this field, but now Constitutionalism and Democracy represents the range and depth for serious constitutional analysis. Discussing concrete issues such as human rights, nationalism, and pluralism, this volume will be essential in understanding the phenomenon of constitutionalism in various parts of the world.
Long Description
This volume contains a selection of essays drawn from a major scholarly project undertaken by the American Council of Learned Societies. The ACLS hosted symposia around the world in order to broaden and stimulate the field of comparative constitutionalism. That effort brought together scholars and political actors from many countries and every region of the world to discuss the experiences of constitutionalism. Twenty-five papers were selected to represent the range and depth ofpossibility for serious constitutional analysis. With the staggering changes in Eastern Europe and much of the rest of the world, constitutionalism has become one of the most important phenomena in the modern world. The essays in this book represent the very best work being done throughout theworld on that important topic.
Main Description
The political changes which have occurred in the last three years havebeen phenomenal--the dissolving of the former Soviet Union, the impending unionof Western Europe, and the evolution of democracy in Eastern Europe. Whatchanges have occurred in the legal structure of these countries? How have theirconstitutions been affected by these developments? Stanley Katz, DouglasGreenberg, and other scholars and politicians from numerous countries discuss inthis work the experiences of constitutionalism. Previously, little work has beendone in this field, but now Constitutionalism and Democracy represents the rangeand depth for serious consitutional analysis. Discussing concrete issues such ashuman rights, nationalism, and pluralism, this volume will be essential inunderstanding the phenomenon of constitutionalism in various parts of theworld.
Main Description
The political changes which have occurred in the last three years have been phenomenal--the dissolving of the former Soviet Union, the impending union of Western Europe, and the evolution of democracy in Eastern Europe. What changes have occurred in the legal structure of these countries? Howhave their constitutions been affected by these developments? Stanley Katz, Douglas Greenberg, and other scholars and politicians from numerous countries discuss in this work the experiences of constitutionalism. Previously, little work has been done in this field, but now Constitutionalism andDemocracy represents the range and depth for serious constitutional analysis. Discussing concrete issues such as human rights, nationalism, and pluralism, this volume will be essential in understanding the phenomenon of constitutionalism in various parts of the world.
Table of Contents
Contributorsp. ix
Introductionp. xv
Transitions
Constitutions, Constitutionalism, and Democracyp. 3
Constitutionalism in Europe Since 1945: Reconstruction and Reappraisalp. 26
Transition to Democracy, Corporatism, and Presidentialism with Special Reference to Latin Americap. 46
Constitutions Without Constitutionalism: Reflections on an African Political Paradoxp. 65
Human Rights
Human Rights in Constitutional Order and in Political Practice in Latin Americap. 85
The National Question, Secession and Constitutionalism: The Mediation of Competing Claims to Self-Determinationp. 105
European Courts and Human Rightsp. 126
Social Movements, Constitutionalism, and Human Rights: Comments from the Malaysian and Indonesian Experiencesp. 139
Pluralism and Nationalism
Uses and Usurpation of Constitutional Ideologyp. 159
Social Movements and Constitutionalism: The African Contextp. 172
The Theory of the State in the Third World and the Problematics of Constitutionalismp. 186
Constitutionalism and The Nationalist Discourse: The Indian Experiencep. 197
Institutional Arrangements
Reconstructing Political Space: Militarism and Constitutionalism in Africap. 215
Providing for the Common Defense: What Latin American Constitutions Have to Say About The Region's Armed Forcesp. 235
Parliamentary Democracy in Europe 1992: Tentative Questions and Answersp. 349
Constitutional Conundrums in Europe
The Necessity and Impossibility of Simultaneous Economic and Political Reformp. 267
Parliamentary Crisis and How to Strengthen Democracyp. 275
Iberian Case Study: The Constitutionalism of Democratizationp. 287
The Role of the State: Contradictions in the Transition to Democracyp. 300
Perspectives on the Current Constitutional Situation in Polandp. 312
Rule by Law in East Central Europe: Is The Emperor's New Suit a Straightjacket?p. 321
Reflections on Constitutionalism
Latin America: Constitutionalism and the Political Traditions of Liberalism and Socialismp. 339
Constitutionalism: A Timely Revivalp. 354
The Crisis of Constitutionalism: South Asian Perspectivesp. 361
Constitutionalism in Africa: Some Conclusionsp. 366
Indexp. 379
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