In a critical engagement with the function of public law and with constitutionalism in its political dimensions, this volume brings together the reflections of three leading constitutionalists: Martin Loughlin, James Tully and Frank Michelman. Comprising three critical commentaries on each, it addresses the multiple ways in which public law is implicated in the logic of rule. This operates on the one hand in maintaining and underwriting relative patterns of power and weakness through political structures and processes. On the other hand, public law is considered to contain the potential to redress these patterns through the use of constitutional authority, social and economic as well as civil and political rights, redistribution of political power, the expansion of territorial governance, and moves to supra-state levels of authority. The book reproduces, in a succinct and organized way, the insights into both the limitations and the potentialities of public law within its political setting.
Contents: Public law and politics: rethinking the debate, Emilios Christodoulidis and Stephen Tierney; Part 1 On 'The Idea of Public Law': Sovereignty and the idea of public law, Stephen Tierney; Authority, exploitation and the idea of public law, Scott Veitch; Public law as political jurisprudence: Loughlin's 'idea of public law', Emilios Christodoulidis; Reflections on The Idea of Public Law, Martin Loughlin. Part 2 Public Law and Imperialism: On law, democracy and imperialism, James Tully; Democracy, political reflexivity and bounded dialogues: reconsidering the monism-pluralism debate, Hans Lindahl; The reframing of law's imperial frame: a comment on Tully, Neil Walker; Imperialism and constitutionalism, Gavin W. Anderson. Part 3 Public Law and Proceduralism: Constitutionalism as proceduralism: a glance at the terrain, Frank Michelman; The crisis of im/purity, Johan van der Walt; Between engagement and disengagement: 2 concepts of civility, Ioannis A. Tassopoulos; Enabling proceduralism, Victor Tadros; Index.