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Oxford Constitutional Theory

Legitimation by Constitution

A Dialogue on Political Liberalism

Alessandro Ferrara & Frank Michelman

Legitimation by Constitution

Oxford Constitutional Theory

Legitimation by Constitution

A Dialogue on Political Liberalism

Oxford Constitutional Theory: Legitimation by Constitution

 

"Legitimation by constitution" is a phrase coined by Michelman and Ferrara to represent an idea in Rawlsian political liberalism of reliance on a dualist democracy: ground-level laws are subject to the constraints of a legal constitution that all citizens, across the political spectrum, can accept as a framework for their collective politics.


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Beschrijving Oxford Constitutional Theory: Legitimation by Constitution

"Legitimation by Constitution" is the phrase, coined by distinguished authors Frank Michelman and Alessandro Ferrara, for a key idea in Rawlsian political liberalism of a reliance on a dualist form of democracy-a subjection of ground-level lawmaking to the constraints of a higher-law constitution that most citizens could find acceptable as a framework for their politics-as a response to the problem of maintaining a liberally just, stable, and oppression-free
democratic government in conditions of pluralist visionary conflict.

Legitimation by Constitution recalls, collects, and combines a series of exchanges over the years between Michelman and Ferrara, inspired by Rawls' encapsulation of this conception in his proposed liberal principle of legitimacy. From a shared standpoint of sympathetic identification with the political-liberal statement of the problem, for which legitimation by constitution is proposed as a solution, these exchanges consider the perceived difficulties arguably standing in the way of
this proposal's fulfillment on terms consistent with political liberalism's defining ideas about political justification. The authors discuss the mysteries of a democratic constituent power; the tensions between government-by-the-people and government-by-consent; the challenges posed to concretization by
judicial authorities of national constitutional law; and the magnification of these tensions and challenges under the lenses of ambition towards transnational legal ordering. These discussions engage with other leading contemporary theorists of liberal-democratic constitutionalism including Bruce Ackerman, Ronald Dworkin, and Jürgen Habermas.


ISBN
9780192855121
Pagina's
208
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Serie
Oxford Constitutional Theory
NUR
754
Druk
1
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Hardback
Taal
Engels
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OUP Oxford

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