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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Constitutional Moment

Antonia Baraggia

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 27 January 2021

Subject(s):
Constitutional processes — Comparative constitutional law — Revolution

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

1 Many theories and concepts have been coined to try to capture one of the most fascinating yet difficult phenomena in constitutional law theory: constitutional changes. This is particularly true for constitutional changes that deal with those transformative events occurring outside those formal limits established by the constitutional text. 2 One of the best known and most debated theories about informal constitutional change is that of the ‘constitutional moment’, conceived by Bruce Ackerman and developed in his trilogy on the evolution of the United States...
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