An Historical Introduction to Western Constitutional Law
By (author) R. C. van Caenegem
Translated by David Johnston, Governor General of Canada
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Historical Introduction to Western Constitutional Law by R. C. van Caenegem
Book DescriptionThe constitutional question is of paramount importance in the political and nationalist agenda of late twentieth-century Europe. Professor van Caenegem's new book addresses fundamental questions of constitutional organisation: democracy versus autocracy, unitary versus federal organisation, pluralism versus intolerance, by analysing different models of constitutional government through an historical perspective. The approach is chronological: constitutionalism is explained as the result of many centuries of trial and error through a narrative which begins in the early Middle Ages and concludes with contemporary debates, focusing on Europe, the United States, and the Soviet Union. Special attention is devoted to the rise of the rule of law, and of constitutional, parliamentary, and federal forms of government. The epilogue discusses the future of liberal democracy as a universal model.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521476935
(216mm x 138mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 23-Mar-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author R. C. van Caenegem
European Law in the Past and the Future, Hardback (December 2001)
R. C. van Caenegem considers the historical reasons behind European legal diversity.
Historical Introduction to Western Constitutional Law, Hardback (March 1995)
Historical analysis of different models of constitutional government assessing their impact today.
Law, History, the Low Countries and Europe, Hardback (July 1994)
A collection of 14 papers by Van Caenegem, all but one previously unpublished in English, which contrast the development of legal and political institutions across England and northern Europe. Other subjects include influential historians and the nature of modern historiography.
Judges, Legislators and Professors, Paperback (November 1992)» View all books by R. C. van Caenegem
Examination of divergence of continental and common law by one of the world's foremost legal historians.
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