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Constituent Power in France: The Revolution and its Consequences

Lucien Jaume

in The Paradox of Constitutionalism

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780199552207
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191709654 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199552207.003.0005
 Constituent Power in France: The Revolution and its Consequences

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This chapter shows how the impact of the French Revolution has reverberated across two centuries of French constitutional history: from formal constitutional revision, referenda, and appeals to the idea of the Nation, to tumult, coups d'état, and revolutionary insurrection. In particular, it argues that influenced by the work of Sieyès, the French developed a powerful sense that the nation is represented in the National Assembly, and that it is through the claims and counter-claims associated with that idea that we can make sense of the trajectory of major constitutional change.

Keywords: French Revolution; constitutional revision; referendum; nation; coup d'état; Sieyès; national assembly

Chapter.  9760 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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