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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]


Corrado Caruso

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 15 July 2024

Constitutional processes — Comparative constitutional law — Plurality majority — State sovereignty and states' rights

General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum
Managing Editor: Martina Mantovani

1 Under public law, the term ‘majority’ can refer to at least four different concepts, specifically: 1) a particular decision-making technique; 2) a procedural value for legitimizing political organizations; 3) a criterion for classifying types of state; 4) a rule for government and a criterion for classifying systems of government. 2 ‘Majority’ means, first and foremost, that the wishes of the many prevail over those of the few (Barbera and Fusaro 399), thereby binding the entire community. In the first instance, the majority criterion is therefore a...
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