Cambridge Studies in Law and Society: Constituting Democracy: Law, Globalism and South Africa's Political Reconstruction

Cambridge Studies in Law and Society: Constituting Democracy: Law, Globalism and South Africa's Political Reconstruction

By: Heinz J. Klug (author)Paperback

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Against the backdrop of South Africa's transition from apartheid, this provocative book explores the role of late twentieth century constitutionalism in facilitating political change. Using South Africa as a case study, Klug's larger project is to investigate why there has been renewed faith in justiciable constitutions and democratic constitutionalism despite the widespread recognition that courts are institutionally weak, lack adequate resources and are largely inaccessible to most citizens. He places this question in a broader context, evaluating the appeal of different constitutional models and illustrating how globalized institutions can be adapted to serve local domestic needs. Incorporating constitutional law, politics and legal history, this examination of South Africa's constitution-making process provides important insights into the role of law in the transition to democracy.

Contents

Introduction; 1. Post twentieth-century constitutionalism?; 2. Legal legacies and constitutional paths; 3. Constitutionalism in global perspective; 4. Constitutional strategies; 5. Constitutionalism in the democratic transition; 6. Global impact: international imperatives and their hybridization; 7. The constitutional court and the institutional dynamics of constitutionalism; 8. Constitutional imaginations and the possibilities of justice.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780521786430
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 284
  • ID: 9780521786430
  • weight: 420
  • ISBN10: 0521786436

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