The Constitutional State

Paperback | November 15, 2012

byNick Barber

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The Constitutional State provides an original analytical account of the state and its associated constitutional phenomena. It presents the state as a form of social group, consisting of people, territory and institutions bound together by rules. The institutions of the state make adistinctive and characteristic claim over the people of the state, who, in turn, have a distinctive and characteristic relationship with these institutions. This account reveals the importance of at least two forms of pluralism - legal and constitutional. It also casts light on some of the moredifficult questions faced by writers on constitutions - such as the possibility of states undertaking actions and forming intentions, the moral significance of these actions for the people of the state, and the capacity of the state to carry responsibility for acts between generations.

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The Constitutional State provides an original analytical account of the state and its associated constitutional phenomena. It presents the state as a form of social group, consisting of people, territory and institutions bound together by rules. The institutions of the state make adistinctive and characteristic claim over the people ...

Nick Barber is the Senior Law Fellow at Trinity College. He specializes in public law, in particular constitutional theory and has lectured on constitutional issues in America, Canada, Spain, and Germany.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pagesPublished:November 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199659931

ISBN - 13:9780199659937

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Table of Contents

1. The Paths of Constitutional Theory2. Approaching the State3. The Members of the State4. The Constitution of Social Groups5. States and Their Constitutions6. Laws and Conventions7. The Mentality of the State8. The Responsibility of the State9. Legal Pluralism10. Constitutional Pluralism