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Constitutionalism and Democracy : Studies in Rationality and Social Change - Jon Elster

Constitutionalism and Democracy

Studies in Rationality and Social Change

By: Jon Elster (Editor), Rune Slagstad (Editor)

Paperback Published: 6th December 1993
ISBN: 9780521457217
Number Of Pages: 368

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The eleven essays in this volume, supplemented by an editorial introduction, center around three overlapping problems. First, why would a society want to limit its own sovereign power by imposing constitutional constraints on democratic decision-making? Second, what are the contributions of democracy and constitutions to efficient government? Third, what are the relations among democracy, constitutionalism, and private property? This comprehensive discussion of the problems inherent in constitutional democracy will be of interest to students in a variety of social sciences. It illuminates particularly the current efforts of many countries, especially in Latin America, to establish stable democratic regimes.

"This book provides a needed candid eye; it combines theoretical reach and historical perspective; it is at once timely and topical. It will prove valuable to all those who are looking at the problems of democracy anywhere in today's world." Choice "The esays in this volume touch on all fields, are of a high quality, and thus afford a compendious review of the rather high state of the art of constitutional theory." Ethics

Notes on contributors, Introduction
Gag rules or the politics of omission
Democracy as a contingent outcome of conflicts
Consequences of constitutional choice: reflections on Tocqueville
Liberal constitutionalism and its critics
Democracy and the rule of law: some historical experiences of contradictions in the striving for good government
Neo-federalism?
Precommitment and the paradox of democracy
American constitutionalism and the paradox of private property
From liberal constitutionalism to corporate pluralism: the conflict over the enabling acts in Norway after the Second World War and the subsequent constitutional development
Arguments of constitutional choice: reflections on the transition to socialism
Constitutions and democracies: an epilogue Cass
Index
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ISBN: 9780521457217
ISBN-10: 0521457211
Series: Studies in Rationality and Social Change
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 6th December 1993
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.49 x 13.97  x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.44