Russell Hardin

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Economy

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548477
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191577437 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science


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This article discusses constitutionalism, particularly the two main schools of constitutional theorizing: coordination theories and contractarian theories. It then tries to determine what constitutions can do for the people, before focusing on the two main problems of modern constitutional democracy. The first is the nature of representative democracy, while the second is the problem of placing enforceable limits on government.

Keywords: constitutionalism; main schools; constitutional theorizing; coordination theories; contractarian theories; problems; modern constitutional democracy; representative democracy; enforceable limits

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Subjects: Politics and Law ; Comparative Politics

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