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Comparative Constitutional Change


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Comparative Constitutional Change has developed into a distinct field of constitutional law. It encompasses the study of constitutions through the way they change and covers a wide scope of topics and methodologies. Books in this series include work on developments in the functions of the constitution, the organization of powers and the protection of rights, as well as research that focuses on formal amendment rules and the relation between constituent and constituted power. The series includes comparative approaches along with books that focus on single jurisdictions, and brings together research monographs and edited collections which allow the expression of different schools of thought. While the focus is primarily on law, where relevant the series may also include political science, historical, philosophical and empirical approaches that explore constitutional change.

Xenophon Contiades is Professor of Public Law, Panteion University, Athens, Greece and Managing Director, Centre for European Constitutional Law, Athens, Greece.

Thomas Fleiner is Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

Alkmene Fotiadou is Research Associate at the Centre for European Constitutional Law, Athens, Greece.

Richard Albert is the William Stamps Farish Professor in Law and Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin, USA.

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Courts and Judicial Activism Under Crisis Conditions Policy Making in a Time of Illiberalism and Emergency Constitutionalism

Courts and Judicial Activism Under Crisis Conditions: Policy Making in a Time of Illiberalism and Emergency Constitutionalism

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Edited By Martin Belov
September 23, 2021

This collection examines topical issues related to the impact of courts on constitutional politics during extreme conditions. The book explores the impact of activist courts on democracy, separation of powers and rule of law in times of emergency constitutionalism. It starts with a theoretical ...

Illiberal Constitutionalism in Poland and Hungary The Deterioration of Democracy, Misuse of Human Rights and Abuse of the Rule of Law

Illiberal Constitutionalism in Poland and Hungary: The Deterioration of Democracy, Misuse of Human Rights and Abuse of the Rule of Law

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By Tímea Drinóczi, Agnieszka Bień-Kacała
September 09, 2021

This book theorizes illiberal constitutionalism by interrogation of the Rule of Law, democratic deterioration, and the misuse of the language and relativization of human rights protection, and its widespread emotional and value-oriented effect on the population. The work consists of seven Parts. ...

Accountability and the Law Rights, Authority and Transparency of Public Power

Accountability and the Law: Rights, Authority and Transparency of Public Power

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Edited By Piotr Mikuli, Grzegorz Kuca
August 13, 2021

This book discusses contemporary accountability and transparency mechanisms by presenting a selection of case studies. The volume analyses and discusses issues related to the accountability and transparency of public power. The authors deal with various problems connected to controlling public ...

Constitutional Change and Popular Sovereignty Populism, Politics and the Law in Ireland

Constitutional Change and Popular Sovereignty: Populism, Politics and the Law in Ireland

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Edited By Maria Cahill, Colm Ó Cinnéide, Seán Ó Conaill, Conor O’Mahony
July 16, 2021

This collection focuses on the particular nexus of popular sovereignty and constitutional change, and the implications of the recent surge in populism for systems where constitutional change is directly decided upon by the people via referendum. It examines different conceptions of sovereignty as ...

Law, Violence and Constituent Power The Law, Politics And History Of Constitution Making

Law, Violence and Constituent Power: The Law, Politics And History Of Constitution Making

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By Héctor López Bofill
May 31, 2021

This book challenges traditional theories of constitution-making to advance an alternative view of constitutions as being founded on power which rests on violence. The work argues that rather than the idea of a constitution being the result of political participation and deliberation, all power ...

Peace, Discontent and Constitutional Law Challenges to Constitutional Order and Democracy

Peace, Discontent and Constitutional Law: Challenges to Constitutional Order and Democracy

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Edited By Martin Belov
May 24, 2021

This book offers a multi-discursive analysis of the constitutional foundations for peaceful coexistence, the constitutional background for discontent and the impact of discontent, and the consequences of conflict and revolution on the constitutional order of a democratic society which may lead to ...

Populist Challenges to Constitutional Interpretation in Europe and Beyond

Populist Challenges to Constitutional Interpretation in Europe and Beyond

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Edited By Fruzsina Gárdos-Orosz, Zoltán Szente
May 04, 2021

This book explores the relationship between populism or populist regimes and constitutional interpretation used in those regimes. The volume discusses the question of whether contemporary populist governments and movements have developed, or encouraged new and specific constitutional theories, ...

Dynamic Federalism A New Theory for Cohesion and Regional Autonomy

Dynamic Federalism: A New Theory for Cohesion and Regional Autonomy

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By Patricia Popelier
March 10, 2021

This book offers a new theory of federalism. The work critically discusses traditional federal theories and builds on theories that focus on the dynamics of federalism. It offers a definition of federalism and federal organizations that encompasses both new and old types of multi-tiered ...

Icelandic Constitutional Reform People, Processes, Politics

Icelandic Constitutional Reform: People, Processes, Politics

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Edited By Ágúst Þór Árnason, Catherine Dupré
October 13, 2020

This collection documents, analyses, and reflects on the Icelandic constitutional reform between 2009 and 2017. It offers a unique insight into this process by providing first-hand accounts of its different stages and core issues. Its 12 substantive chapters are written by the main actors in the ...

Rule of Law, Common Values, and Illiberal Constitutionalism Poland and Hungary within the European Union

Rule of Law, Common Values, and Illiberal Constitutionalism: Poland and Hungary within the European Union

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Edited By Tímea Drinóczi, Agnieszka Bień-Kacała
September 09, 2020

This book challenges the idea that the Rule of Law is still a universal European value given its relatively rapid deterioration in Hungary and Poland, and the apparent inability of the European institutions to adequately address the illiberalization of these Member States. The book begins from the...

Asymmetry, Multinationalism and Constitutional Law Managing Legitimacy and Stability in Federalist States

Asymmetry, Multinationalism and Constitutional Law: Managing Legitimacy and Stability in Federalist States

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By Maja Sahadžić
September 03, 2020

This book examines the link between constitutional asymmetry and multinationalism and the effects asymmetry produces on legitimacy and stability in federal and quasi-federal systems. This is done through a structured and exhaustive comparative analysis, covering states in Africa, America, Asia, and...

The Law and Legitimacy of Imposed Constitutions

The Law and Legitimacy of Imposed Constitutions

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Edited By Richard Albert, Xenophon Contiades, Alkmene Fotiadou
June 30, 2020

Constitutions are often seen as the product of the free will of a people exercising their constituent power. This, however, is not always the case, particularly when it comes to ‘imposed constitutions’. In recent years there has been renewed interest in the idea of imposition in constitutional ...

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