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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 5: Constitutional experimentalism in nineteenth-century Europe

Between Magic and Deceit

Günter Frankenberg

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Nineteenth-century Europe is considered instructive for comparative constitutional studies and courses as the ‘era of comparing’ (Friedrich Nietzsche) and the laboratory of constitutionalism in Europe and elsewhere. It witnessed an endless series of struggles over power that occurred within or were related to the discursive field of constitutionalism and are not peculiar to Europe alone but include Latin America, Asia and Africa. Political uprisings operated in the constitutional world; their leaders and movements embedded their projects and fantasies in one of the central categories of constitutionalism – sovereignty.

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