Constitutional Skepticism and Local Facts

European Constitutional Law Review, Forthcoming. (2021). Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works. 2391.

21 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2021

Date Written: July 1, 2021

Abstract

Are written constitutions evil? In his new book, Constitutional Idolatry and Democracy, Brian Christoper Jones argues that they are. He claims that written constitutions fail to unite societies, degrade democratic engagement, and obstruct necessary constitutional maintenance. This review of his book argues that he is mostly right about the effects of the American Constitution, but that the effects of other constitutions will vary depending upon local facts.

Keywords: constitution, skepticism, written

Suggested Citation

Seidman, Louis Michael, Constitutional Skepticism and Local Facts (July 1, 2021). European Constitutional Law Review, Forthcoming. (2021). Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works. 2391., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3878321 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3878321

Louis Michael Seidman (Contact Author)

Georgetown University Law Center ( email )

Washington, DC 20057
United States

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