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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Constitutionalism

Andrew Godden, John Morison

Subject(s):
Constitutional interpretation — Constitutional design — Principles and objectives of constitutions — Citizenship — Civil society — Legal system — Rights — The state
1. 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. Where individuals coexist in any social group—a family, tribe, or nation state, or as citizens in a wider global order—there are all sorts of issues about the terms on which they come together and stay together, how rules are made to keep order within the group, and how the group will react to outsiders and adapt to change. There are also...
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