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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Methodologies of Comparative Constitutional Law: Universalist Approach

Matteo Nicolini

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 10 April 2021

Subject(s):
Constitutional processes — Principles and objectives of constitutions — Types of constitutions — Comparative constitutional law

General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.
Managing Editor: Ana Harvey

1 Like universalism, the methodological attitude referred to as universalist approach denotes the idea of ‘extending over’ and ‘including’ the whole of something. Associated with practices of generalization, it indicates both a concept common to the whole humankind and the process whereby an idea is, or is intended to be, used everywhere. 2 Generalizations are methodological or substantive. Whereas the latter points to the condition being universal in scope and character, the former considers the dissemination of allegedly universal concepts. In both cases,...
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