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Routledge Handbook of Subnational Constitutions and Constitutionalism

Edited by: Patricia Popelier, Nicholas Aroney, Giacomo Delledonne

ISBN13: 9780367510152
Published: September 2021
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £190.00



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This handbook provides a toolbox of definitions and typologies to develop a theory of multilevel constitutionalism and subnational constitutions.

The volume examines systems with subnational entities that have full subnational constituent autonomy and systems where subnational constituent powers, while claimed by subnational governments, are incomplete or non-existent. Understanding why complete subnational constituent power exists or is denied sheds significant light on the status and functioning of subnational constitutions. The book deals with questions of how constitutions at multiple levels of a political system can co-exist and interact. The term ‘multilevel constitutionalism’, recognized as explaining how a supranational European constitution can exist alongside those of the Member States, is now used to capture dynamics between constitutions at the national, subnational and, where applicable, supranational levels. Broad in scope, the book encompasses many different types of multi-tiered systems world-wide to map the possible meanings, uses and challenges of subnational or state constitutions in a variety of political and societal contexts.

The book develops the building blocks of an explanatory theory of subnational constitutionalism and as such will be an essential reference for all those interested in comparative constitutional law, federalism and governance.

Subjects:
Constitutional and Administrative Law, Comparative Law
Contents:
Subnational Constitutionalism: Defining subnational constitutions and self-constituent capacity
Patricia Popelier, Nicholas Aroney and Giacomo Delledonne
Subnational Constitutionalism in Argentina: Provincial autonomy in a uninational federation
Antonio María Hernández
Subnational Constitutionalism in Australia: State autonomy in a uninational federation
Nicholas Aroney
Subnational Constitutionalism in Austria: The pluralisation of homogeneity
Anna Gamper
Subnational constitutionalism in Belgium: A matter of abstained maturity
Patricia Popelier
Subnational Constitutionalism in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Towering sub-national autonomy and a loose clamp of the central level to all intents and purposes
Maja Sahadžić
Subnational Constitutionalism in Brazil: The space of state constitutions for improving Brazilian federalism
Marcelo Labanca Corrêa de Araújo
Subnational Constitutionalism in Canada: A hysteretic approach to distinctive constitutional identities
Benjamen Franklen Gussen
Subnational Constitutionalism in Ethiopia: Constitutional déjà vu
Yonatan T. Fessha
Subnational Constitutionalism in Germany: Constitutional autonomy, unitarian federalism, and intertwined policy-making
Werner Reutter
Subnational Constitutionalism in India: Subnational constitutionalism or constitution within the constitution?
M.P. Singh and Rekha Saxena
Subnational Constitutionalism in Italy: Unfulfilled Expectations?
Giacomo Delledonne, Matteo Monti and Giuseppe Martinico
Subnational Constitutionalism in Malaysia: Weak states in a strong federation
Richard Foo and HP Lee
Subnational Constitutionalism in Mexico: Medium state autonomy in a centralized federation
José Ma. Serna de la Garza
Subnational Constitutionalism in South Africa: An empty promise
Nico Steytler
Subnational constitutionalism in Spain: Confluence of wills in a basic institutional norm
Gonzalo Gabriel Carranza
Subnational Constitutionalism in Switzerland: A sleeping beauty awaiting to be kissed
Eva Maria Belser
Subnational Constitutionalism in the United Kingdom: Constitutional statutes within the context of an uncodified constitution
Nikos Skoutaris
Subnational Constitutionalism in the United States: Powerful states in a powerful federation
James A. Gardner
Conclusion: Nine hypotheses to explain variation in subnational constitutional autonomy
Patricia Popelier, Nicholas Aroney and Giacomo Delledonne