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 23: Legislatures

M.J. Peterson


The UN General Assembly is the closest contemporary semblance to the global-level body wielding real legislative power composed of members connected with, accountable to, and replaceable by the people (citizenry) through periodic competitive elections desired by advocates of world government. Yet as a product of the twentieth-century multilateralized Westphalian states system, it lacks both features, and efforts to change that situation appear unlikely to succeed any time soon. This means that for the foreseeable future global constitutionalism will be advanced more by fostering constitutionalist norms regarding rule-making and policy implementation than by pursuing constitutionalist institutional designs.

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