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The Resource A Sociology of constitutions : constitutions and state legitimacy in historical-sociological perspective, Chris Thornhill

A Sociology of constitutions : constitutions and state legitimacy in historical-sociological perspective, Chris Thornhill

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A Sociology of constitutions : constitutions and state legitimacy in historical-sociological perspective
Title
A Sociology of constitutions
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constitutions and state legitimacy in historical-sociological perspective
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Chris Thornhill
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "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"--
  • "During the emergence of sociology as an academic discipline the question about the origins, status and functions of constitutions was widely posed. Indeed, for both thematic and methodological reasons, the analysis of constitutions was a central aspect of early sociology. Sociology developed,however ambiguously,as a critical intellectual response to the theories and achievements of the Enlightenment in the eighteenth century, the political dimension of which was centrally focused on the theory and practice of constitutional rule. In its very origins, in fact, sociology might be seen as a counter-movement to the political ideals of the Enlightenment, which rejected the (alleged) normative deductivism of Enlightenment theorists. In this respect, in particular, early sociology was deeply concerned with theories of political legitimacy in the Enlightenment, and it translated the revolutionary analysis of legitimacy in the Enlightenment, focused on the normative claim that singular rights and rationally generalized principles of legal validity were the constitutional basis for legitimate statehood, into an account of legitimacy which observed political orders as obtaining legitimacy through internalistically complex, historically contingent and multi-levelled processes of legal formation and societal motivation and cohesion. This is not to suggest that there existed a strict and unbridgeable dichotomy between the Enlightenment, construed as a body of normative philosophy, and proto-sociological inquiry, defined as a body of descriptive interpretation"--
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index present
LC call number
K3161
LC item number
.T486 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Cambridge Studies in Law and Society
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A Sociology of constitutions : constitutions and state legitimacy in historical-sociological perspective, Chris Thornhill
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 377-424) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Introduction
  • Medieval constitutions
  • Constitutions and early modernity
  • States, rights and the revolutionary form of power
  • Constitutions from empire to fascism
  • Constitutions and democratic transitions
Control code
sky234745781
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 451 pages
Isbn
9780521116213
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2010051564
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
A Sociology of constitutions : constitutions and state legitimacy in historical-sociological perspective, Chris Thornhill
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 377-424) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Introduction
  • Medieval constitutions
  • Constitutions and early modernity
  • States, rights and the revolutionary form of power
  • Constitutions from empire to fascism
  • Constitutions and democratic transitions
Control code
sky234745781
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 451 pages
Isbn
9780521116213
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2010051564
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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