Edited by Anthony F. Lang and Antje Wiener
Chapter 14: The multifaceted relationship between functionalism and global constitutionalism
This chapter details the shifting terms of encounter between functionalism and global constitutionalism. During the inter-war years, functionalism denoted a strategy of international organization that stood in opposition to constitutionalist approaches. Over time, functionalism came to be understood as a methodology that could be used to illuminate or critique constitutional structures. More recently, functionalism has been conceptualized as a distinctive feature or style of post-national constitutional orders. Disentangling the various strands of the relationship between functionalism and global constitutionalism provides a trajectory over time of the shifting preoccupations of those addressing questions of international organization, as well as a series of distinguishable but mutually reinforcing frames through which to understand debates over the possibility, significance and normative desirability of constitutionalism beyond the state.
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