Asia-Pacific Constitutional Systems by Graham HassallAsia-Pacific Constitutional Systems by Graham Hassall

Asia-Pacific Constitutional Systems

byGraham Hassall, Cheryl Saunders

Paperback | February 26, 2007

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This book analyzes the formal constitutional changes that have recently taken place in the Asia-Pacific region, embracing the countries of East and South East Asia and the Pacific Island states. In examining the different constitutional systems in the region, it asks several key questions: What constitutional arrangements operate in the region and how can their fundamental differences be explained? How do social, political and economic factors limit the effectiveness of the existing constitution? What lessons are gained for the practice of constitutionalism elsewhere?
Title:Asia-Pacific Constitutional SystemsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.75 inPublished:February 26, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521033411

ISBN - 13:9780521033411

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Map: the Asia-Pacific region; Introduction; Part I. Modernity and Nation-States at the Dawn of the Global Era: 1. Traditional states and colonisation; 2. The modern constitution; 3. Writing the constitution; Part II. The Constitution of Modernity: 4. The legislature; 5. Representation; 6. Head of state; 7. Constitutional revision; Part III. Democracy and the Rule of Law: 8. Courts and the judiciary; 9. The suspension of constitutional power; 10. Devolution; Conclusion: postmodernity and constitutionalism; Appendix: chronology of constitutional events in the Asia Pacific; Bibliography; Index.

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'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