Book Review of Beau Breslin, 'From Words to Worlds: Exploring Constitutional Functionality'
Perspectives on Politics, Vol. 8, No. 4, pp. 1226-1228
4 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2010 Last revised: 21 Oct 2010
Date Written: October 12, 2010
This is a review of Beau Breslin's book, "From Words to Worlds: Exploring Constitutional Functionality" (Johns Hopkins, 2009). As an antidote to what he believes to be scholarly marginalization of the "unique" aspects of a written constitution, Breslin focuses attention on seven functions of such a legal text: transforming existing orders, conveying collective aspirations, designing institutions, mediating conflict, recognizing claims of subnational communities, empowering social actors, and constraining governmental authority. This review briefly critiques Breslin's functional approach and discusses two of the more pressing goals of modern constitutionalism: managing social conflict and preserving cultural heritage.
Keywords: Constitution, Comparative Law, Politics, Social Conflict, Culture, Liberalism, Rights, Institutional Design
JEL Classification: K1, K4
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