Encyclopedia of world constitutions /
edited by Gerhard Robbers.
New York : Facts On File, c2007.
3 v. ; 28 cm.
More Details
added author
New York : Facts On File, c2007.
contents note
v. 1. Afghanistan to France -- v. 2. Gabon to Norway -- v. 3. Oman to Zimbabwe.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
First Chapter
How do the United States, France, Nigeria, and Chile deal with the problem of judicial review? Which countries guarantee their citizens equality under the law? Which states may suspend civil liberties in times of crisis? This informative reference work allows easy comparison between the constitutions of the 194 countries of the world. Written by specialists in the respective country, the entries follow a common structure that makes the systems easily comparable.
Following a brief preface, the introduction explores the concepts of constitutional law and fundamental rights. In the A-to-Z section, each signed country entry begins with an At-a-Glance box that summarizes the governmental system, the legislative system, the date of the original constitution, the date the constitution was last changed, and more. This volume also includes a narrative discussion for each entry that analyzes the constitution's basic principles, including constitutional history, governmental regulation of the economy, and the rights and duties of citizenship. Other features include suggestions for further reading, including sources for the text of the constitution in English and in the original language; appendixes that cover the constitution of the European Union and provide an overview of special and disputed territories; a glossary; and a comprehensive index.
Coverage for each country includes:
Amendments to the constitution
Basic organizational structure
Constitutional bodies
Constitutional history
Economy and economic rights
The election process
Form and impact of the constitution
Fundamental rights
Leading constitutional principles
Military, defense, and state of emergency
Political parties
Religious communities.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2007-04-01:
Containing entries on 194 countries and edited by German law professor Robbers (Univ. of Trier, Germany; Introduction to German Law), this three-volume encyclopedia includes short summaries of constitutional history, constitutional principles, government bodies, amendments to the constitution, and several other topics. Features include "At a Glance" boxes summarizing each governmental system, narrative discussions for each entry that analyze the constitution's basic principles, suggestions for further reading, and the particularly useful bibliography of primary and secondary sources, including books. The entries are written by academics and other scholars, mostly from their respective countries, and cover everything from basic organization, structure, and the election process to fundamental rights, political parties, and even religious communities. Bottom Line Although the entries are shorter and the type smaller, CQ Press's Constitutions of the World (2001) contains similar information plus a useful comparative country chart. It is also less than half the price. But the number of bibliographic references and easy-to-read design make the Facts On File work attractive as well. Recommended for larger metropolitan public libraries with sizable legal and international relations collections.-Donald Altschiller, Boston Univ. Libs. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2007-10-01:
Given the pace of globalization and international conflict, every academic library should have at least one reference on world constitutions. This set, written by international scholars, is an alphabetically arranged collection of summaries of the role and content of constitutions for the nation-states of the world, with added entries for the Vatican and European Union. Like R. L. Maddex's Constitutions of the World (3rd ed., 2007; 1st ed., CH, Jan'96, 33-2490), it is succinct and current. Unlike Oceana Law's Constitutions of the Countries of the World (online version, CH, Feb'06, 43-3147), it does not reprint constitutions or analyze them closely. The set follows a uniform editorial outline, deviating only for subheadings such as "Loyal Jirga" and "Senate." The level and quality of detail varies considerably. The headings "Lawmaking Process" or "Form and Impact of the Constitution" may be described in three sentences or three paragraphs. Entries under the heading "Leading Constitutional Principles" may be simple restatements of a preamble or an exploration of social, religious, and political underpinnings. Each entry has a nice bibliography that includes citations to the full text of constitutions on the Internet. For collections that own The Europa World Year Book or the Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations (12th ed., CH, May'07, 44-4826), this book may not be a crucial acquisition. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and general readers. L. Hauck Villanova University, Falvey Library
This item was reviewed in:
Reference & Research Book News, February 2007
Library Journal, April 2007
Booklist, May 2007
Choice, October 2007
To find out how to look for other reviews, please see our guides to finding book reviews in the Sciences or Social Sciences and Humanities.

This information is provided by a service that aggregates data from review sources and other sources that are often consulted by libraries, and readers. The University does not edit this information and merely includes it as a convenience for users. It does not warrant that reviews are accurate. As with any review users should approach reviews critically and where deemed necessary should consult multiple review sources. Any concerns or questions about particular reviews should be directed to the reviewer and/or publisher.

  link to old catalogue

Report a problem