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 9: Constructivism

Jan Wilkens


The chapter introduces the diversity of epistemological and ontological perspectives within constructivist research in order to explore existing links between constructivism in international relations and scholarship on global constitutionalism as well as potentials for further research. I argue that critical constructivism offers crucial analytical value to the study of global constitutionalism since it not only allows for a broader understanding of constitutionalisation and seeks to dissect meaningful action of actors, but also problematises the production of knowledge and the processes of observation by researchers. Further, the chapter outlines how constructivism’s work on norms, normativity and order is central to understand constitutionalisation.

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