Constitutions and Political Theory

Author:   Jan-Erik Lane ,  Bethan Hirst
Publisher:   Manchester University Press
Edition:   2nd edition
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9780719083303


Pages:   304
Publication Date:   01 May 2011
Format:   Paperback
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Since constitutional arrangements are what make politics work, they are a central concern of political theory. This book, now completely updated, was the first comprehensive exploration of the political theory of constitutions. Jan-Erik Lane begins by examining the origins and history of constitutionalism and answers key questions such as: what is a constitution? Why are there constitutions? From where does constitutionalism originate? How is the constitutional state related to democracy and justice? Constitutions play a major role in domestic and international politics in the early 21st century and an updated version of this classic textbook will introduce students to a number of different areas - theoretical, empirical and moral - which will aid their understanding of this important topic. -- .

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Author:   Jan-Erik Lane ,  Bethan Hirst
Publisher:   Manchester University Press
Imprint:   Manchester University Press
Edition:   2nd edition
Dimensions:   Width: 15.60cm , Height: 2.30cm , Length: 23.40cm
Weight:   0.476kg
ISBN:  

9780719083303


ISBN 10:   0719083303
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   01 May 2011
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Tertiary & Higher Education ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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INTRODUCTION: CONSTITUTIONS AND RULE OF LAW - Two Interpretations of Rule of Law SECTION I: CONSTITUTIONAL INSTITUTIONS 1. Two Great Constitutional Legacies 2. Mini and Maxi Constitutions in the World 3. Constitutional Law and the Legal Order SECTION II. RULE OF LAW INSTITUTIONS - EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE 4. Relevance of Rule of Law: Some Outcomes 5. What Enhances Rule of Law? SECTION III: CONSTITUTIONALISM IN POLITICAL THOUGHT 6. Emergence of Modern Constitutionalism around 1600 7. The Forerunners of the Principal-Agent Model of Politics SECTION IV: A PRINCIPAL-AGENT INTERPRETATION OF CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRACY 8. The Principal-Agent Problem in Politics 9. Political Leadership: How to Restrain Political Agents SECTION V. AGENCY AND LEADERSHIP: POLITICAL PARTIES AND STATE GOVERNMENTS 10. Political Parties, Party Government and Remuneration for Agency 11. Global and Regional Constitutionalism: Constraining the Governments of States CONCLUDING REMARK: ACCOUNTABILITY IN POLITICS -- .

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Jan Erik Lane is Professor at the University of Freiburg -- .

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