Latin American Constitutions: The Constitution of Cádiz and Its Legacy in Spanish America
M. C. Mirow, Latin American Constitutions: The Constitution of Cádiz and Its Legacy in Spanish America, Cambridge University Press, 2015
33 Pages Posted: 9 Oct 2015
Date Written: 2015
Latin American Constitutions provides a comprehensive historical study of constitutionalism in Latin America from the independence period to the present, focusing on the Constitution of Cádiz, a foundational document in Latin American constitutionalism. Although drafted in Spain, it was applied in many regions of Latin America, and deputies from America formed a significant part of the drafting body. The politicization of constitutionalism reflected in Latin America's first moments proved to be a lasting legacy evident in the legal and constitutional world of the region today: many of Latin America's present challenges to establishing effective constitutionalism can be traced to the debates, ideas, structures, and assumptions of this text. This book explores the region's attempts to create effective constitutional texts and regimes in light of an established practice of linking constitutions to political goals and places important constitutional thinkers and regional constitutions, such as the Mexican Constitution of 1917, into their legal and historical context.
Note: The attached file contains Contents, Acknowledgments, Introduction, and Chapter 1, posted with permission of Cambridge University Press.
Keywords: Latin America, Spain, Latin American law, Latin American constitutions, Constitution of Cádiz, Spanish Constitution of 1812
JEL Classification: K00, K10, H10, H11
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