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The System of the Constitution

Adrian Vermeule


A constitutional order is a system of systems. It is an aggregate of interacting institutions, which are themselves aggregates of interacting individuals. This book analyzes constitutionalism through the lens of systems theory, originally developed in biology, computer science, political science, and other disciplines. Systems theory illuminates both the structural constitution and constitutional judging, and reveals that standard views and claims about constitutional theory commit fallacies of aggregation and are thus invalid. By contrast, this book explains and illustrates an approach to con ... More

Keywords: constitutional order, interacting institutions, interacting individuals, systems theory, structural constitution, constitutional judging, constitutionalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199838455
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199838455.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adrian Vermeule, author
Harvard Law School