A Sociology of Constitutions

Constitutions and State Legitimacy in Historical-Sociological Perspective
by Chris Thornhill
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Series: Cambridge Studies in Law and Society

Publication Date: November 10, 2015

ISBN: 9781139097352

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Using a methodology that both analyzes particular constitutional texts and theories and reconstructs their historical evolution, Chris Thornhill examines the social role and legitimating status of constitutions from the first quasi-constitutional documents of medieval Europe, through the classical period of revolutionary constitutionalism, to recent processes of constitutional transition. A Sociology of Constitutions explores the reasons why modern societies require constitutions and constitutional norms and presents a distinctive socio-normative analysis of the constitutional preconditions of political legitimacy.