Post Sovereign Constitutional Making: Learning and Legitimacy by Andrew Arato

Post Sovereign Constitutional Making: Learning and Legitimacy

byAndrew Arato

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Constitutional politics has become a major terrain of contemporary struggles. Contestation around designing, replacing, revising, and dramatically re-interpreting constitutions is proliferating worldwide. Starting with Southern Europe in post-Franco Spain, then in the ex-Communist countriesin Central Europe, post-apartheid South Africa, and now in the Arab world, constitution making has become a project not only of radical political movements, but of liberals and conservatives as well. Wherever new states or new regimes will emerge in the future, whether through negotiations,revolutionary process, federation, secession, or partition, the making of new constitutions will be a key item on the political agenda.Combining historical comparison, constitutional theory, and political analysis, this volume links together theory and comparative analysis in order to orient actors engaged in constitution making processes all over the world. The book examines two core phenomena: the development of a new, democraticparadigm of constitution making, and the resulting change in the normative discussions of constitutions, their creation, and the source of their legitimacy. After setting out a theoretical framework for understanding these developments, Andrew Arato examines recent constitutional politics in SouthAfrica, Hungary, Turkey, and Latin America and discusses the political stakes in constitution-making. The book concludes by offering a systematic critique of the alternative to the new paradigm, populism and populist constituent politics.

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Andrew Arato is the Dorothy Hart Hirshon Professor of Political and Social Theory in the department of sociology at The New School. He is best known for his influential book Civil Society and Political Theory, co-authored with Jean L. Cohen. From 1994 to 2014 he was the co-editor of the journal Constellations.
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Title:Post Sovereign Constitutional Making: Learning and LegitimacyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:300 pagesPublished:April 9, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Beyond the Paradox of ConstitutionPart I: History and Theory1. Constituent Authority2. Constitutional Learning3. Conventions, Constituent Assemblies, and RoundtablesPart II: Two Case Studies4. The Hungarian Paradox5. Turkey: Authoritarian Constitution Making, Reform, and the Crisis of ConstitutionalismPart III: Populist Constituent Politics6. Political Theology and PopulismConclusion