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Beyond Origins: Rethinking Founding in a Time of Constitutional Democracy

Angelica Maria Bernal


From classical stories of divine lawgivers to contemporary ones of Founding Fathers and constitutional beginnings, foundings have long been synonymous with singular, extraordinary moments of political origin and creation. In constitutional democracies, this common view is particularly attractive, with original founding events, actors, and ideals invoked time and again in everyday politics as well as in times of crisis to remake the state and unify citizens. Beyond Origins challenges this view of foundings, explaining how it is ultimately dangerous, misguided, and unsustainable. Engaging with c ... More

Keywords: founding, constitutionalism, constitutional democracy, law, legitimacy, constituent power, democratic theory, Latin America, US politics, Haiti

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190494223
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190494223.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Angelica Maria Bernal, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst