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Two Degrees of Aggregation

Adrian Vermeule

in The System of the Constitution

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199838455
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932481 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199838455.003.0007
Two Degrees of Aggregation

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This chapter begins with a brief discussion of aggregation problems that are ubiquitous and structural in all constitutional orders. All institutions are aggregates of interacting members, and a constitutional order is itself an aggregate of interacting institutions. Between the individual action of judges, officials, and citizens, on the one hand, and the overall constitutional order on the other, there lie not one but two degrees of aggregation. It is argued that the systemic perspective is an indispensable analytic tool, especially in constitutional theory.

Keywords: aggregation problems; constitutional order; constitutional theory; system perspective

Chapter.  1074 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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