Handbook on Global Constitutionalism
This Handbook introduces scholars and students to the history, philosophy and evidence of global constitutionalism. Contributors provide their insights from law, politics, international relations, philosophy and history, drawing on diverse frameworks and empirical data sets to explore the idea of a global constitutional order. Across them all, however, is a recognition that the international order cannot be understood without an understanding of constitutional theory. In bringing together some of the leading contemporary scholars, this Handbook will define this field of inquiry for the next generation.
This is the first Handbook in the emerging interdisciplinary field of global constitutionalism and offers contributions from experts in both law and political science. Through historical, legal, political and ethical analyses it provides unique coverage of distinct perspectives on global constitutionalism. The editors and their authors provide insights into the changing world order by emphasizing the constitutional-like qualities of international affairs, with particular attention paid to law, power and human rights.
This unique and innovative Handbook will be the definitive state-of-the-art resource for the pioneers of global constitutionalism, as well as those readers interested in international law, international relations theory, comparative constitutionalism, history, public philosophy, political sociology and political theory alike.
Liberal political and legal theory has enjoyed a remarkable resurgence since the mid-twentieth century. The emergence of global constitutional thought is closely coupled with its rise to prominence. Yet many theorists of global constitutionalism are wary of acknowledging their ‘liberal’ commitments. This chapter makes the case that at the deepest level of interpretation, prominent theorists of global constitutionalism are ‘liberals’ in all but name. Through a double critique of the liberal foundations of their thought, an argument is advanced that there are unanswered questions about the best way of understanding and grounding a global constitutional order beyond liberal theory.