This book is the first to address the multi-faceted influence of the global financial crisis on the national constitutions of the countries most affected. By tracing the impact of the crisis on formal and informal constitutional change, sovereignty issues, fundamental rights protection, regulatory reforms, jurisprudence, the augmentation of executive power, and changes in the party system it addresses all areas of the current constitutional law dialogue and aims to become a reference book with regard to the interaction between financial crises and constitutions. The book includes contributions from prominent experts on Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Spain, the UK, and the USA providing a critical analysis of the effects of the financial crisis on the constitution. The volume’s extensive comparative chapter pins down distinct constitutional reactions towards the financial crisis, building an explanatory theory that accounts for the different ways constitutions responded to the crisis. How and why constitutions formed their reactions in the face of the financial crisis unravels throughout the book.
’This timely book is indispensable reading for anyone concerned with the dramatic challenges the democracies and systems of government around the world are facing as a result of the global financial crisis and politics of austerity.’ Robert Blackburn, King’s College London, UK ’Few see any substantial connection between the global financial crisis and national constitutions. But, in this impressive and timely book, a strong collection of talented constitutional experts from Europe and North America reveal the essential dynamics of this connection and scrutinize the varying responses to the crisis under different constitutional regimes. It offers a provocative and penetrating comparative analysis that should be read by financial scholars and constitutional jurists alike.’ Allan C. Hutchinson, York University, Canada ’This book provides the first comprehensive effort to address the relationship between the financial crisis in western democracies with constitutional developments. It is an invaluable contribution that provides an important framework for further study, including consideration of the external factors and non-governmental forces that are bending constitutions in crisis.’ Timothy Canova, Nova Southeastern University, USA