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Comparative Constitutional Change: Comparative Constitutional Change


About the Series

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, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Peloponnese and Director of the Centre for European Constitutional Law-Themistocles and Dimitris Tsatsos Foundation, Athens, Greece.

Thomas Fleiner is Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He teaches and researches in the areas of Federalism, Rule of Law, Multicultural State; Comparative Administrative and Constitutional Law; Political Theory and Philosophy; Swiss Constitutional and Administrative Law; and Legislative Drafting. He has published widely in these and related areas.

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

Richard Albert is Professor of Law and Nicholson Scholar at Boston College Law School.

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Icelandic Constitutional Reform: People, Processes, Politics

Icelandic Constitutional Reform: People, Processes, Politics

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Ágúst Thór 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 processes 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

1st Edition

Forthcoming

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

1st Edition

Forthcoming

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

1st Edition

Forthcoming

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...

Judicial Law-Making in European Constitutional Courts

Judicial Law-Making in European Constitutional Courts

1st Edition

Monika Florczak-Wątor
May 28, 2020

This book analyses the specificity of the law-making activity of European constitutional courts. The main hypothesis is that currently constitutional courts are positive legislators whose position in the system of State organs needs to be redefined. The book covers the analysis of the law-making...

Courts, Politics and Constitutional Law: Judicialization of Politics and Politicization of the Judiciary

Courts, Politics and Constitutional Law: Judicialization of Politics and Politicization of the Judiciary

1st Edition

Martin Belov
October 28, 2019

This book examines how the judicialization of politics, and the politicization of courts, affect representative democracy, rule of law, and separation of powers. This volume critically assesses the phenomena of judicialization of politics and politicization of the judiciary. It explores the rising...

Democratic Decline in Hungary: Law and Society in an Illiberal Democracy

Democratic Decline in Hungary: Law and Society in an Illiberal Democracy

1st Edition

András L. Pap
March 28, 2019

This book shows the rise and morphology of a self-identified `illiberal democracy’, the first 21st century illiberal political regime arising in the European Union. Since 2010, Viktor Orbán’s governments in Hungary have convincingly offered an anti-modernist and anti-cosmopolitan/anti-European...

Quasi-Constitutionality and Constitutional Statutes: Forms, Functions, Applications

Quasi-Constitutionality and Constitutional Statutes: Forms, Functions, Applications

1st Edition

Richard Albert, Joel I. Colón-Ríos
March 01, 2019

This book examines the interstices among statutory enactment, constitutional convention and  formal constitution in which quasi-constitutionality exists. It provides a focal resource that can serve as a point of reference for scholars interested in quasi-constitutionality as a whole, from...

Participatory Constitutional Change: The People as Amenders of the Constitution

Participatory Constitutional Change: The People as Amenders of the Constitution

1st Edition

Xenophon Contiades, Alkmene Fotiadou
August 14, 2018

This book explores the recent trend of enhancing the role of the people in constitutional change. It traces the reasons underlying this tendency, the new ways in which it takes form, the possibilities of success and failure of such ventures as well as the risks and benefits it carries. To do so, it...

New Challenges to Constitutional Adjudication in Europe: A Comparative Perspective

New Challenges to Constitutional Adjudication in Europe: A Comparative Perspective

1st Edition

Zoltán Szente, Fruzsina Gárdos-Orosz
March 13, 2018

In the past few years, constitutional courts have been presented with new challenges. The world financial crisis, the new wave of terrorism, mass migration and other country-specific problems have had wide-ranging effects on the old and embedded constitutional standards and judicial constructions....

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