ISBN : 9780198840497
Constitutionalism: Past, Present, and Future is the definitive collection of Dieter Grimm's most influential writings on constitutional thought and interpretation. The essays included in this volume explore the conditions under which the modern constitution could emerge; they treat the characteristics that must be given if the constitution may be called an achievement, the appropriate way to understand and interpret constitutional law under current conditions, the function of judicial review, the remaining role of national constitutions in a changing world, as well as the possibility of supra-national constitutionalism. Many of these essays have influenced the German and European discussion on constitutionalism and for the first time, much of the work of one of German's leading scholars of public law will be available in the English language.
1 The Origins and Transformation of the Concept of the Constitution
2 Conditions for the Emergence and Effectiveness of Modern Constitutions
3 Basic Rights in the Formative Eras of Modern Society
4 The Concept of Constitution in Historical Perspective
III. Concepts and Function
5 The Function of Constitutions and Guidelines for Constitutional Reform
6 Integration by Constitution
7 Fundamental Rights in the Interpretation of the German Constitutional Court
8 Return to the Traditional Understanding of Fundamental Rights?
9 Constitutional Courts and Constitutional Interpretation at the Interface of Law and Politics
10 Constitutional Adjudication and Democracy
VI. The Future
11 The Future of Constitutionalism
12 Can Democracy by Bargaining be Constitutionalized?
13 The Role of National Constitutions in a United Europe
14 The Democratic Costs of Constitutionalisation - The European Case
15 The Constitution in the Process of Denationalisation
16 Societal Constitutionalism
17 Levels of the Rule of Law - On the Possibility of Exporting a Western Achievement
18 The Achievement of Constitutionalism and its Prospects in a Changed World