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The New Separation of PowersA Theory for the Modern State$
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Eoin Carolan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199568673

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568673.001.0001

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The Role of Institutional Theory in a Constitutional System

The Role of Institutional Theory in a Constitutional System

(p.1) 1 The Role of Institutional Theory in a Constitutional System
The New Separation of Powers

Eoin Carolan

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the relationship between institutional theory and the constitutional order. It argues that a constitution has a valuable part to play in securing the sense of commonality and shared values which is necessary for an organised polity to function successfully. The constitution does this, not only by recognising certain values and objectives, but also by providing a mechanism for providing examples of state enforcement of these values and for managing ongoing debates about social values. Institutional theory is critically important to these latter two tasks. This chapter argues therefore that the efficacy of an institutional theory should be assessed in part by reference to these factors.

Keywords:   institutional theory, constitutionalism, social cohesion, social values, dissent, public reason

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