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City, State: Constitutionalism and the Megacity

Ran Hirschl


More than half of the world’s population lives in cities; by 2050, it will be more than three quarters. Projections suggest that megacities of 50 million or even 100 million inhabitants will emerge by the end of the century, mostly in the Global South. This shift marks a major and unprecedented transformation of the organization of society, both spatially and geopolitically. Our constitutional institutions and imagination, however, have failed to keep pace with this new reality. Cities have remained virtually absent from constitutional law and constitutional thought, not to mention from compar ... More

Keywords: urbanization, cities, megacities, Global South, constitutions, constitutional law, constitutional theory, federalism, spatial governance, density, diversity, city-state relations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190922771
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190922771.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ran Hirschl, author
Professor of Political Science & Law, University of Toronto