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Constitutionalism: Past, Present, and Future

Dieter Grimm


The book discusses the emergence, development, and prospects of modern constitutionalism. It describes constitutionalism as a novelty in the age old attempt to legitimize and limit political power. It shows how, after many struggles and backlashes, constitutions have become the generally accepted pattern for constituting and regulating political power. The book explores the challenges that constitutionalism has met over time, most importantly the transformation from the liberal state to the welfare state and, more recently, the erosion of statehood through the internationalization of public po ... More

Keywords: constitutional thought, interpretation, modern constitution, constitutional law, judicial review, national constitutions, supra-national constitutionalism, constitutional history

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198766124
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198766124.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dieter Grimm, author
Professor of Law, Humboldt University Berlin; former Justice Federal Constitutional Court of Germany

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