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Counterconstitutionalism

55 Pages Posted: 28 Jun 2009 Last revised: 14 Sep 2017

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

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