Principles of Constitutional Design

Principles of Constitutional Design

by Donald S. Lutz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521861683

ISBN-13: 9780521861687

Pub. Date: 08/31/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book is written for anyone, anywhere sitting down to write a constitution. The book is designed to be educative for even those not engaged directly in constitutional design but who would like to come to a better understanding of the nature and problems of constitutionalism and its fundamental building blocks - especially popular sovereignty and the separation of…  See more details below

Overview

This book is written for anyone, anywhere sitting down to write a constitution. The book is designed to be educative for even those not engaged directly in constitutional design but who would like to come to a better understanding of the nature and problems of constitutionalism and its fundamental building blocks - especially popular sovereignty and the separation of powers. Rather than a 'how-to-do-it' book that explains what to do in the sense of where one should end up, it instead explains where to begin - how to go about thinking about constitutions and constitutional design before sitting down to write anything. Still, it is possible, using the detailed indexes found in the book, to determine the level of popular sovereignty one has designed into a proposed constitution and how to balance it with an approximate, appropriate level of separation of powers to enhance long-term stability.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521861687
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/31/2006
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

1. Constitutionalism - an initial overview and introduction; 2. Sovereignty; 3. Popular sovereignty; 4. The separation of powers; 5. Analyzing the interaction between popular control and separation of powers in the amendment process; 6. Matching a government to a people; 7. An overview of the constitutional design project; 8. An underlying constitutional logic - rational actors?

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