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The Cosmopolitan Constitution

Alexander Somek


The foundations of constitutional authority have changed since modern constitutions first emerged in the eighteenth century. Originally, the constitution is supposed to express and to channel popular sovereignty. It is a work of freedom. It springs from, and facilitates, collective self-determination. This perspective changes after the Second World War. From now on constitutional authority is supposed to commit itself credibly to human rights. The people recede into the background. Universal principles command respect. Moreover, the national constitution becomes embedded into one or the other ... More

Keywords: Cosmopolitanism, constitutionalism, judicial review, human dignity, emancipation, pluralism, collective self-determination, social freedom, post-national citizenship, mixed constitution

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199651535
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199651535.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander Somek, author
Charles E. Floete Chair in Law, University of Iowa

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