The State of the Art in Constitutional Amendment (Introduction)
The Foundations and Traditions of Constitutional Amendment (Edited by Richard Albert, Xenophon Contiades and Alkmene Fotiadou, Hart Publishing, 2017); ISBN: 978-1509908257
22 Pages Posted: 6 Jan 2017 Last revised: 14 Sep 2017
Date Written: January 5, 2017
In this Introductory Chapter to an edited volume on "The Foundations and Traditions of Constitutional Amendment," I explore the functions and operation of constitutional amendment, the architecture of constitutional amendment rules, the current challenges in the study of constitutional change, and the major fault lines in the field of constitutional change. I also introduce the other chapters in the collection and I situate this collection in the field, explaining how the volume advances our understanding of constitutional amendment, both formal and informal.
Keywords: Constitutional Amendment, Formal Amendment, Informal Amendment, Unamendability, Amendment Procedures, Amendment Formula, Constituent Power
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