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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Liberalism

Massimo Fichera

Subject(s):
Principles and objectives of constitutions — Liberalism

Published under the direction of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law.
General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1. Liberalism as a concept belongs both to political philosophy and constitutional doctrine. It expresses the political-philosophical ambition to craft a free, just, and prosperous society in which the projects of individual’s lives ought to be developed independently of any unjustified interference by private or public authorities. However, liberalism may also be understood as a doctrine emphasizing the fundamental principles of constitutional (ie limited) government, rule of law and individual rights . Both configurations—liberalism as a political-philosophical...
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