Constitutional Drafting and Contemporary Debates

  • Donal K. Coffey
Part of the Palgrave Modern Legal History book series (PMLH)


The 1937 Constitution was drafted on the basis of a series of overlapping theories of constitutionalism. These were the Commonwealth model of constitutionalism, liberal democratic theories of the head of state, and Catholic constitutional ideas of fundamental rights. The mix of these factors can be most clearly seen in the individuals responsible for the drafting process. The Constitution was drawn up and revised by a relatively small circle of people. This makes it possible to consider the views of individuals in relation to discrete questions such as the judicial review of legislation, constitutional courts, American constitutionalism and Catholicism.


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  • Donal K. Coffey
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  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for European Legal HistoryFrankfurt am MainGermany

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