Handbook on Global Constitutionalism
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Handbook on Global Constitutionalism

Edited by Anthony F. Lang and Antje Wiener

This Handbook introduces scholars and students to the history, philosophy, and evidence of global constitutionalism. Contributors provide their insights from law, politics, international relations, philosophy, and history, drawing on diverse frameworks and empirical data sets. Across them all, however, is a recognition that the international order cannot be understood without an understanding of constitutional theory. The Handbook will define this field of inquiry for the next generation by bringing together some of the leading contemporary scholars.
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Chapter 7: Cosmopolitanism and global constitutionalism

Garrett Wallace Brown


Global constitutionalism shares many traits with moral and institutional cosmopolitanism. Yet, there is little literature analysing the interconnections between these fields. This chapter explores the interconnections between global constitutionalism and cosmopolitan thought suggesting that global constitutionalism is a form of legal cosmopolitanism and that it would behove both cosmopolitans and global constitutionalists to make more explicit links between the traditions. In doing so, the chapter explores four interconnections between cosmopolitanism and global constitutionalism: Kantian/minimal pluralist constitutionalism; cosmopolitan democracy and a commitment a cosmopolitical order; world state cosmopolitanism and constitutional authority; and globalization, cultural cosmopolitanism and global constitutionalization.

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