Title
Two internal critiques of political constitutionalism Two internal critiques of political constitutionalism
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Law
Publication type
article
Publication
New York :Oxford ,
Subject
Law
Source (journal)
International journal of constitutional law. - New York
Volume/pages
10(2012) :4 , p. 926-949
ISSN
1474-2640
ISI
000311310700003
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
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Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
The antagonism between legal and political constitutionalism has almost monopolized the discussion on constitutional theory during the last years. For this reason, political constitutionalism has been assessed mainly as an alternative to legal constitutionalism. Moving beyond this perspective, this article intends to focus exclusively on political constitutionalism and its internal tensions. After having outlined the main tenets of this theory, two internal critiques are put forward, both concerning the understanding of the political aspect of constitutionalism: first, political constitutionalists propose a reductive account of the principle of political equality; second, their exclusive focus on ordinary politics as the centre of constitutional life is misleading and precludes a correct evaluation of constitutional politics.
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