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Comparative Constitutional Studies

Between Magic and Deceit

Günter Frankenberg

Comparative Constitutional Studies takes a rich area of research and teaching and makes it attractive for the classroom setting and beyond. Every constitution has an interesting story to tell, and for this book Günter Frankenberg has selected vibrant examples that encourage readers to practice realism, demonstrate critical spirit and examine the dark side of framers’ reports and normative theories.
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Chapter 3: Comparing constitutions: theory and method

Between Magic and Deceit

Günter Frankenberg

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Chapter 3 shifts the attention from constitutions to comparative constitutional law. It introduces the ‘comparative space’, the relationship between self and other. The discussion of the similarity/difference approach and the problems of ethnocentrism lead to a critique of the normalization of foreign constitutional phenomena. To cope with these problems and the repercussions of ideology and reductionism it is suggested that a more narrative style of comparison is embraced. The presentation of the varieties of constitutionalism is meant to decentre and deconstruct the liberal paradigm.

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