Comparative Constitutional Law: Methodologies

Vicki C. Jackson

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Law

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199578610
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Law

Comparative Constitutional Law: Methodologies

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Methodologies of constitutional comparison vary at least as much as, if not more than, methodologies more generally in comparative law. Methods vary in what they aim to do and in who is engaged in comparisons, particularly if the comparative enterprise is defined broadly to include doctrine produced by courts, features of government, and the processes of constitution-making and adoption. This article discusses the different communities of comparative constitutional analysis and identifies some methodological challenges of comparative constitutional analysis.

Keywords: constitutional comparison; comparative constitutional analysis; comparative constitutional scholarship; methodological challenges

Article.  11258 words. 

Subjects: Law ; Comparative Law ; Constitutional and Administrative Law

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