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A distinguished international team of legal theorists examine the issue of constitutionalism and pose such foundational questions as: Why have a constitution? How do we know what the constitution of a country really is? How should a constitution be interpreted? The volume will be of particular importance to those in philosophy, law, political science and international relations interested in whether and what kinds of constitutions should be adopted in countries without them, and involved in debates about constitutional interpretation.
Introduction Lawrence Alexander; 1. American constitutionalism Richard Kay; 2. Constitutional authorship Frank Michelman; 3. What is 'The Constitution'? Michael Perry; 4. Legitimacy and interpretation Jed Rubenfeld; 5. The domain of constitutional justice Lawrence Sager; 6. Precommitment and disagreement Jeremy Waldron; 7. On the authority and interpretation of constitutions: preliminaries Joseph Raz.