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Western Constitutionalism

History, Institutions, Comparative Law

  • Provides a comprehensive analysis, involving the main countries of the western world

  • Includes teaching elements

  • Uses plain English


About this book


This innovative textbook provides an introduction into comparative constitutional law to undergraduate and graduate students. Combining a clear and practical explanation of the topics with scientific knowledge, the textbook analyzes the origins and the development of constitutional law in the Western world, as well as the structure and transformations of constitutional law, up to the present day. It also examines the theoretical roots and the historical premises of constitutionalism, and explores the foundation of constitutional law in Western countries since the Age of Revolutions and the 19th Century, underlining the different constitutional traditions. Furthermore, the textbook describes the transformations of constitutional law brought about by the transition toward pluralistic societies, and analyzes the political and legal features of constitutional democracies, taking into consideration the lessons learned in several constitutional environments in contemporary states. It also discusses the global expansion of the pattern of Western constitutionalism and the contemporary challenges in the age of globalization, focusing on the development of a European constitutional space.


Constitutional law Comparative law Western constitutionalism Constitutionalism Western world

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of LawUniversity of Rome Tor VergataRomeItaly

About the authors

Andrea Buratti is Associate Professor in public law at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. 

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