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The Paradox of ConstitutionalismConstituent Power and Constitutional Form$
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Martin Loughlin and Neil Walker

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199552207

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199552207.001.0001

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Constituent Power in France: The Revolution and its Consequences

Constituent Power in France: The Revolution and its Consequences

(p.67) 4 Constituent Power in France: The Revolution and its Consequences
The Paradox of Constitutionalism

Lucien Jaume

Oxford University Press

This chapter shows how the impact of the French Revolution has reverberated across two centuries of French constitutional history: from formal constitutional revision, referenda, and appeals to the idea of the Nation, to tumult, coups d'état, and revolutionary insurrection. In particular, it argues that influenced by the work of Sieyès, the French developed a powerful sense that the nation is represented in the National Assembly, and that it is through the claims and counter-claims associated with that idea that we can make sense of the trajectory of major constitutional change.

Keywords:   French Revolution, constitutional revision, referendum, nation, coup d'état, Sieyès, national assembly

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