Where does the law and political power of any given territory come from? Until recently it was believed that it came from a single and hierarchical source of constitutional authority, a sovereign people and their constitution. However, how can this model account for the new Europe? Where state constitutions and the European Constitution, which are ultimately equally self-standing sources of constitutional authority, overlap heterarchically over a shared piece of
Constitutional pluralism is a new branch within constitutional thought that argues sovereignty is no longer the accurate and normatively superior constitutional foundation. It instead replaces this thought with its own foundation. It emerged on the basis of contributions by the leading EU constitutionalists and has now become the most dominant branch of European constitutional thought. Its claims have also overstepped the European context, suggesting that it offers historic advantages for
further development of the idea of constitutionalism and world order as such.
This book offers the first overarching examination of constitutional pluralism.Comprehensively mapping out the leading contributions to date and solving the complicated labyrinth they currently form, Klemen Jaklic offers a complete assessment against existing and new criticisms while elaborating his own original vision. Constitutional pluralism thus refined has the potential to rightfully be considered the superior new approach within constitutional thought.
Dr Klemen Jaklic has been teaching at Harvard University since 2008 in varous roles in the fields of European integration and EU Law, constitutional law and theory, moral theory, ethics, human rights, global justice, and democracy. Jaklic is also an Affiliate of the Harvard University Center for European Studies.
INTRODUCTION ; PART ONE: MAPPING ANALYSIS ; I. MacCormick and the Idea of Pluralism ; II. Epistemic Pluralism ; III. Substantive Pluralism ; IV. Interpretive and Participative Pluralism ; V. Institutional Pluralism ; PART TWO: ASSESSMENT ; VI. Decoding the Branch ; VII. A True Novelty ; PART THREE: THE SUPERIOR PATH ; VIII. Within the Branches of Pluralism ; IX. The Superior Conception of Pluralism ; X. Democracy's Third Coming ; CONCLUSION