Counterconstitutionalism

Dalhousie Law Journal, Vol. 31, p. 1, 2008

Boston College Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 183

55 Pages Posted: 28 Jun 2009 Last revised: 25 Sep 2009

Richard Albert

Boston College - Law School; Yale University - Law School; Universidad Externado de Colombia - Facultad de Derecho; University of Toronto - Faculty of Law; Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliyah - Radzyner School of Law

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

Democratic constitutionalism has often erected a high barrier separating the citizen from the state. This is paradoxical because the very promise of constitutionalism is to produce precisely the opposite result: to bind the citizen to the state, and to create and cultivate a constitutional culture that is anchored in participatory democracy. I have a name for this paradoxical state of affairs: counterconstitutionalism. In this article, I introduce and illustrate the concept of counterconstitutionalism with reference to bills of rights in constitutional states representing civil and common law traditions on four continents.

Keywords: democracy, constitutionalism, Bills of Rights, citizenship, participatory democracy, liberal democracy, constitutional design, Canada, United States, South Africa, India, Germany

Suggested Citation

Albert, Richard, Counterconstitutionalism (2008). Dalhousie Law Journal, Vol. 31, p. 1, 2008 ; Boston College Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 183. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1424055

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