Notes on an 'Open' Constituent Power

Illan Rua Wall

University of Warwick - School of Law

May 1, 2013

This paper examines the critical responses to the question of constituent power. Instead of providing a foundation for the constituted order, the paper looks at the various ways in which constituent power can be viewed as ‘open’ and undetermined. It looks at two issues in particular: the ‘subject’ of constituent power, and the nature of the ‘power’ involved. Surveying various critical theorists of the constituent moment, the paper concludes on the various difference within such open textured theory.

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Keywords: Constituent Power, Constitutionalism, The People, The Multitude, Potentia, Virno, Laclau, Agamben, Ranciere, Negri, Dussel

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Date posted: May 2, 2013  

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Wall, Illan Rua, Notes on an 'Open' Constituent Power (May 1, 2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2259008 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2259008

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Coventry CV4 7AL, CV4 7AL
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