This book address the complex role of and mutual relation between the concepts of constitutional democracy, constitutional identity, and political and human rights culture. It brings together the updated papers presented at the conference 'Political and Human Rights Culture as Prerequisites of Constitutional Democracy' which convened at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade in November 2012. The book is divided in three parts. The first part is devoted to practical and theoretical challenges to constitutional democracy at both the transnational and national level. The second part reassesses some of the most influential foundationalist doctrines on human rights. The third part covers the problems of identity, political and human rights culture in a selected number of transitional non-EU countries of Eastern Europe. As these concepts have become even more pertinent in times of economic crisis, the book will be of interest to scholars and policy makers in this field.
Miodrag A. Jovanovia is a professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Belgrade. Dragica Vujadinovia is a professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Belgrade.
1 Squaring the Circle: Identity, Political and Human Rights Culture in Constitutional Democracy; Part I Constitutional Democracy at Transnational and National Levels - Practical and Theoretical Challenges; 2 Europe Entrapped: Does the European Union Have the Political Capacity to Overcome Its Current Crisis?; 3 Beheading of the Legislator: The European Crisis - Paradoxes of Constitutionalizing Democratic Capitalism; 4 Constitutional Identity and the Construct of the 'Other'; 5 Agonistic Democracy - A Controversial Attempt to Revitalize Democratic Ethos; Part II Human Rights (Culture): Revisiting Doctrines on Foundations; 6 Rawls on Human Rights and Political Justification; 7 Human Rights: A Dworkinian View; 8 Legal Claims, Side Constraints and the Principle of Liberty: A Libertarian Perspective on Human Rights; Part III Identity, Political and Human Rights Culture in Transitional Countries of Eastern Europe; 9 Human Rights Culture in Serbia - The Case of Sexual Minorities; 10 Political Culture in Post-Conflict and Divided Societies: The Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina; 11 Political Identities and Citizenship in Montenegro