Introduction

Mark Tushnet

Every nation—indeed, every institution that has a more or less continuous life over a reasonably sustained period—has a constitution, understood to be a way of organizing the exercise of collective power within the nation and institution. And every nation has constitutional law, understood as a series of normative regularities in power’s actual exercise. A half-century ago, a handbook on constitutional law would have taken its domain to be the constitution of a single nation. Today, the appropriate domain is the world. For this Handbook’s editors, ‘constitutional law’ is the genus, the constitutional law of individual nations the various species. Our decision to give the book the title ‘Handbook on Constitutional ...

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