An Integrated Theory of Constitutionalism in World Society: Beyond the Public/Private and National/Transnational Distinctions

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    Traditionally constitutional theory has relied on two central distinctions: The public/private and the national/transnational distinction. The societal developments of the past decades have however led to an increased erosion of these distinctions. In the academic literature, this development have both been regarded a indicating a triumph as well as a failure of constitutionalism. This article circumvents this standoff by questioning the very foundation of constitutional theory in the public/private and the national/transnational distinctions. It is argued that the object of constitutions is formal organisations as such and not the particular type of formal organisation which is associated with statehood. Thus, they can be public or private, national or transnational. On this background, a distinction is introduced between the internal setup of constitutional orders, the external strive for compatibility between orders through constitutionalisation and the idea of constitutionalism as a way of approaching the future.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2014
    Number of pages20
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    EventConstitutionalism(s) post 2008: Modern Law Review Seminar - Warwick University, Warwick, United Kingdom
    Duration: 27 Jun 201427 Jun 2014


    SeminarConstitutionalism(s) post 2008
    LocationWarwick University
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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