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Dimitrios Kyritsis

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199672257

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199672257.001.0001

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The Possibility of Constitutional Theory

The Possibility of Constitutional Theory

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(p.1) 1 The Possibility of Constitutional Theory
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Where Our Protection Lies
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Dimitrios Kyritsis

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199672257.003.0001

This chapter sets out the main tenets of moralized constitutional theory, which supplies the methodology of the book. According to moralized constitutional theory the purpose of constitutional law is to buttress the legitimacy of a political regime by furnishing standing assurances that government power will be used properly. Although moralized constitutional theory maintains that contentious constitutional law issues are ultimately determined by principles of political morality, it is compatible with both legal positivism and anti-positivism. Moreover, it does not ignore either the history of different legal systems or considerations of political exigency to which constitutions are also sensitive. But it insists that the overarching reason history and political exigency matter is a moral one. Nor does moralized constitutional theory block reform. It is only meant to answer the pressing moral question under what conditions state coercion is warranted here and now.

Keywords:   constitutional theory, legitimacy, moral disagreement, loyal opposition, political stability, political realism, common law constitutionalism

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