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The Morphogenesis of Constitutionalism

Riccardo Prandini

in The Twilight of Constitutionalism?

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780199585007
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723469 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585007.003.0015

Series: Oxford Constitutional Theory

The Morphogenesis of Constitutionalism

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This chapter argues that it is possible and necessary to talk about processes of constitutional morphogenesis. Morphogenesis is a socio-cultural cycle, whereby a given institutional and cultural structure gives rise — through cultural and structural interactions activated by societal actors — to new forms (morphogenesis) or which maintains the old ones (morphostasis). This process is contingent upon a plurality of variables, with nothing to be taken for granted. It is theorized that at the centre of this process there are two connected problems: the recognition of a real polity, and its self-governance framed in a constitutional way.

Keywords: constitutionalism; morphogenesis; morphostasis; constitution

Chapter.  7923 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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