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Cambridge Asia-Pacific Studies : Asia-Pacific Constitutional Systems - Graham Hassall

Cambridge Asia-Pacific Studies

Asia-Pacific Constitutional Systems


Published: 1st May 2002
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This book describes and critically analyses the formal constitutional changes that have recently taken place in the Asia-Pacific region, embracing the countries of East and South East Asia and Pacific Island states. In examining the variety amongst constitutional systems operating in the region, it asks several key questions: What constitutional arrangements operate in the region and how can their fundamental differences in structure and operation be explained? How do social, political and economic factors limit the effects of the constitution in place? What lessons exist for the practice of constitutionalism elsewhere? The aim of the book is to ground the idea of constitutionalism in local and global practices, and, through examining these practices, to identify significant challenges to the workings of contemporary constitutional orders.

'In this very interesting book, the authors investigate the various forms that constitutional arrangements assume in the Asia-Pacific ... the highly useful appendix ... and the comprehensive bibliography also contribute to make the book a precious reference work for students and researchers in, and out of, the field of Asian Studies. But the most relevant contribution is methodological and consists of the authors clearly stressing he fact that there is little insight to be gained from the mere juxtaposition of legal principles and institutions without taking into account the historical, philosophical and human circumstances to which they respond and which affect their operation and significance. This multidisciplinary and contextual approach is just what is needed to investigate any kind of social phenomena across cultures.' Political Studies Review

Modernity and nation-states at the dawn of the global era
Traditional states and colonisation
The 'modern' constitution
Writing the constitution
The constitution of modernity
The legislature
Head of state
Constitutional revision
Democracy and the rule of law
Courts and the judiciary
The suspension of constitutional power
Postmodernity and integrative constitutionalism
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ISBN: 9780521591294
ISBN-10: 0521591295
Series: Cambridge Asia-Pacific Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 1st May 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.61