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The Political Dimension of Constitutional Law, edited by Miguel Nogueira de Brito, Luís Pereira Coutinho

This book discusses in what sense constitutional law has a political dimension, raising the question whether constitutional law is fundamentally political as to its validity, terms of its origin, conceptual structure and/or corresponding practice. It also poses the question whether that dimension is a political-theological dimension. A positive answer to these questions challenges the prevailing view that constitutional law is to be conceived strictly as law, moreover as written law, approved at a certain point in history by a particular power and interpreted as any other law by the judiciary. The essays included in this book, written by leading scholars in constitutional theory – including Martin Loughlin, Paul Kahn, Manon Altwegg-Boussac and Massimo La Torre – address these questions in a timely and original way
Table of contents
Introduction -- Part I -- Fundamental Law -- Fundamental Law -- Expanding Legality and Losing Fundamental Law: On Martin Loughlin’s Dualist Conception of Public Law -- Part II -- A Political-Theological Dimension -- Decision and Legal Interpretation -- An Alternative Political Theology: The Negative and Anticipatory Significance of the Constitutive Concepts of Constitutional Law -- Part III -- Political Constitutional Law -- Informal Constitutional Change and Political Law -- “Liquid Constitutions” and Their Informal Changes -- Part IV The Problem of European “Constitutional Law” -- A Functional Alternative to Political Right: Social Contract Without a People -- In Capital We Trust: The Eurozone: A Congeries of Material Norms Without a Constitution? -- The Different Faces of Politics: Economic Governance and European Democracy
Literary form
non fiction
1st ed. 2020.
Physical description
1 online resource (185 pages)
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