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The Constitutional State

Nick Barber


This book provides an original analytical account of the state and its associated constitutional phenomena. It presents the state as a form of social group, consisting of people, territory, and institutions bound together by rules. The institutions of the state make a distinctive and characteristic claim over the people of the state, who, in turn, have a distinctive and characteristic relationship with these institutions. This account reveals the importance of at least two forms of pluralism — legal and constitutional. It also casts light on some of the more difficult questions faced by writer ... More

Keywords: state, social group, institutions, pluralism, legal pluralism, constitutional pluralism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199585014
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585014.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nick Barber, author
Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford