Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law

Shannon C. Stimson

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548439
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

 Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law

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This article examines the relation between the rule of law and constitutionalism. It attempts to provide a better understanding of the ambiguous construct of the rule of law which still remains in the public imagination as a formative part of political discourse. It analyses the role of the rule of law within the constitutional structure of a progressively more formalized European Union or within the more recently constituted post-communist states of Eastern Europe and considers the manner in which some contemporary jurisprudential and political thinkers have considered the rule of law.

Keywords: rule of law; constitutionalism; political discourse; constitutional structure; European Union; post-communist states; Eastern Europe

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Subjects: Politics ; Political Theory

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