Constituting Democracy: Law, Globalism and South Africa's Political Reconstruction / Edition 1

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Against the backdrop of South Africa's transition from apartheid, this provocative book explores the role of late twentieth-century constitutionalism in facilitating political change. While using South Africa as a case study, Klug's larger project is to investigate why there has been renewed faith in justiciable constitutions and democratic constitutionalism, despite their many flaws. This examination of South Africa's constitution-making process provides important new insights into the role of law in the transition to democracy.

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"Klug's book combines his knowledge as both an internal player and external scholar and the product is a nicely crafted examination that itself incorporates the global tenets of the academic community of rigorous scholarship and analysis with journalistic first hand investigation of the process. Any scholar of democratization processes, constitutionalism and the rule of law broadly will find this book of interest. Klug presents a compelling case for his argument that states no longer exist in isolation of the broader international community, but can successfully adapt global universals into local contexts." The Law and Politics Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521786430
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2000
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Law and Society Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Post twentieth-century constitutionalism?; 2. Legal legacies and constitutional paths; 3. Constitutionalism in global perspective; 4. Constitutional strategies; 5. Constitutionalism in the democratic transition; 6. Global impact: international imperatives and their hybridization; 7. The constitutional court and the institutional dynamics of constitutionalism; 8. Constitutional imaginations and the possibilities of justice.

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