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Constitutionalism

"The idea of constitutionalism—like the ideas of state, government, democracy, power, and law to which it is very closely related—goes right to the heart of some of the very biggest questions about how we can live together." In their article, Constitutionalism, authors Andrew Godden and John Morison provide a necessary exposition of the essence that bring about how power is managed and distributed between government and governed, how people construct and agree to be overseen by an administration and what that means as played out in reality. They discuss values, global examples, and constraints as well as elaborate on cultural affects to constitutionalism and discuss contemporary tensions in constitutionalism. This article is one of eight new articles published in the March update of MPECCoL.

Launched in 2017 and overseen by editors Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Rüdiger Wolfrum, Dr. Frauke Lachenmann (Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law), and Prof. Dr. Rainer Grote (Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law), the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law provides a high level of analytic coverage of constitutional law topics in a comparative context. The encyclopedia articles—modeled on those in the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law—address a focused range of topics that seek to provide the best coverage of the essence, character, development, and history of constitutional law from a global perspective.

The following articles have been made freely available to offer further insight into the range and depth of this new resource:

Constitutionalism
Autochthonous Constitutions
Individual Rights
Relation of Constitutional Courts to Supreme Courts
Pouvoir Constituant

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April 4, 2018

March 2018 Update

Eight new articles have been added to MPECCoL, taking the total to 125.

March 8, 2018

February 2018 Update

Six new articles have been added to MPECCoL, taking the total to 117.

February 12, 2018

January 2018 Update

Six new articles have been added to MPECCoL, taking the total to 111.

December 21, 2017

December 2017 Update

Nine new articles have been added to MPECCoL, taking the total to 105.