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Why Constitutions Matter - Nils Karlson

Why Constitutions Matter

By: Nils Karlson (Editor)

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Published: 1st April 2002
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As countries in the twentieth and twenty-fi rst centuries change from colonialist to independent rule, or from a socialist to a democratic society, the need for a written constitution becomes apparent. Countries in the former Soviet Union, Africa, or nations once part of the British Empire face social, economic, and humanitarian problems as they experiment with democratic rule. Such issues as clearly defi ning where sovereignty lies, how much power is given to the people, and what rights are possessed by a nation's citizenry are new to these countries. While a constitution, being a man-made document, is subject to interpretation and does not always delineate in a lucid framework its parameters for future generations, it is clear that constitutions do matter. This volume, compiled under the direction of the City University of Stockholm, is an important study on the signifi cance of constitutions and constitutional law in a democratic society. A number of scholars in law, political science, and economics have contributed to this volume. They include: James Buchanan, Aleksander Peczenik, Mats Lundstrm, Joakim Nergelius, Sverker Hrd, Niclas Berggren, Peter Kurrild-Klitgaard, Wolfgang Kasper, and Erik Moberg. All add to the understanding of the intertwining roles of politics and the social sciences in a modern democratic state. They explore why a constitution is essential; the relationship between a constitution and a rational political system; the democratic principle of majority rule; why constitutional constraints are needed in a democratic state; recent constitutional reforms in the United Kingdom; the electoral system and its centrality in a democracy; evolution in constitutionalchange; competition within a federal structure; and the connection between politics and economics. Why Constitutions Matter is a fascinating and timely study of constitutionalism, and will be of interest to students of politics, law, economics, and sociology.

Introduction
Why Do Constitutions Matter?p. 1
Why Constitution? What Constitution? Constraints on Majority Rulep. 17
The Moral Standing of Democracyp. 61
Parliamentary Supremacy under Attack: the British Constitution Revisitedp. 107
Arbitrary Democracyp. 137
Economic Effects of Political Institutions, with Special Reference to Constitutionsp. 167
The Evolution of Constitutional Qualities under the Influence of Global Competitionp. 213
Competition in Government by Federalismp. 233
The authorsp. 289
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ISBN: 9780765809247
ISBN-10: 0765809249
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 1st April 2002
Publisher: TRANSACTION PUBL
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 15.75  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.49