Constitutional Culture and Democratic Rule

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This interdisciplinary volume focuses on constitutional democracy, with special reference to the United States. The editors and contributors conceive of a constitutionalism as an ongoing process in which most members of a given community rely on certain cultural norms and practices to identify and interpret constitutional rules (written or unwritten as the case may be) that limit government power, and divide it among competing groups of leaders such that no single group has unchecked authority to pass statutes or to interpret the constitution when disputes arise.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521793704
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/8/2001
  • Series: Murphy Institute Studies in Political Economy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 430
  • Sales rank: 1,502,223
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Editors' Introduction 1
1 Constitutional Problematics, circa 1787 41
2 Inventing Constitutional Traditions: The Poverty of Fatalism 71
3 The Birth Logic of a Democratic Constitution 110
4 Constitutional Democracy as a Two-Stage Game 147
5 Imaging Another Madisonian Republic 170
6 One and Three: Separation of Powers and the Independence of the Judiciary in the Italian Constitution 205
7 A Political Theory of Federalism 223
8 Designing an Amendment Process 271
9 Constitutional Theory Transformed 288
10 Constitutional Economic Transition 328
11 Institutionalizing Constitutional Interpretation 361
Name Index 393
Subject Index 399
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