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Using a methodology that both analyzes particular constitutional texts and theories and reconstructs their historical evolution, Chris Thornhill examines the social role and legitimating status of constitutions from the first quasi-constitutional documents of medieval Europe, through the classical period of revolutionary constitutionalism, to recent processes of constitutional transition. A Sociology of Constitutions explores the reasons why modern societies require constitutions and constitutional norms and presents a distinctive socio-normative analysis of the constitutional preconditions of political legitimacy.Read more
- Proposes an historical-sociological analysis of the role of constitutions which will appeal to all those working on legitimating functions of constitutions
- Lays foundations for sociology of constitutions as a distinct sub-discipline of legal and political sociology, thus establishing a distinct lineage in legal and political analysis
- Broad historical focus covers constitutions from medieval Europe to current society
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"This book discusses in a highly original and sophisticated manner aspects of the makings and workings of constitutions, whose significance (both intellectual and practical) has not been previously recognized. It will establish itself as the cornerstone of a new line of scholarship, complementary to more conventional historical and juridical approaches to constitutional analysis."
- Gianfranco Poggi, University of TrentoSee more reviews
"This is an important book for those who seek to understand the sociological processes involved in the development of states and their constitutions. It has the great merit of offering considerable detail in support of its thesis and thus ample ammunition to challenge the many alternative theories of the development of the modern state."
- Richard Nobles, The Modern Law Review
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- Date Published: January 2013
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107610569
- length: 463 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
- weight: 0.69kg
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. Medieval constitutions
2. Constitutions and early modernity
3. States, rights and the revolutionary form of power
4. Constitutions from Empire to Fascism
5. Constitutions and democratic transitions.
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