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
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
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