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  1. Constitutional semiotics : the conceptual foundations of a constitutional theory and meta-theory

    Belov, Martin
    First edition - London [England] : Hart Publishing, 2022

    This book offers an outline of the foundations of a theory of constitutional semiotics. It provides a systematic account of the concept of constitutional semiotics and its role in the representation and signification of meaning in constitution, constitutional law, and constitutionalism. The book explores the constitutional signification of meaning that is stretched between rational entrenchment and constitutional imagination. It provides a critical assessment of the rationalist entrapment of constitutional modernity and justifies the need to turn to 'shadow constitutionalisms': textual, symbolic-imaginary and visual constitutionalism. The book puts forward innovative incentives for constitutional analysis based on constitutional semiotics as a paradigm for representation of meaning in rational, textual, symbolic-imaginary and visual constitutionalism. The book focuses on the textual, imaginative, and visual discourse of constitutionalism, which is built upon collective constitutional imaginaries and on the peculiar normativity of constitutional geometry and constitutional mythology as borderline phenomena entrenched in rational, textual, symbolic-imaginary and visual constitutionalism. The book analyses concepts such as: constitutional text and texture, authoritative constitutional narratives and authoritative constitutional narrators, constitutional semiotic community, constitutional utopia, constitutional taboo, normative ideology and normative ideas, constitutional myth and mythology, constitutional symbolism, constitutional code and constitutional geometric form. It explores the textual entrenchment of constitutionalism and its repercussions for representation and signification of meaning.

  2. Rule of law in crisis : constitutionalism in a state of flux

    Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2023

    "This book addresses the current crisis that threatens the rule of law and has led to the need for its adjustment as a normative concept, legal principle and pragmatic guideline for the behaviour of political players. Rule of law is a pillar of the constitutional orders and a key principle of national, international and EU law. Yet, rule of law is subject to pressure for change in the face of emergency, crisis and transition. This book explores how constitutional crisis, emergency constitutionalism and constitutional polycrisis assert pressures for the transformation of rule of law and thus produce a state of flux. It examines the rule of law from the viewpoint of constitutional imaginaries, memory politics and identity politics. It critically assesses the responses given by the EU and its member states to the current crisis. The work also provides an analysis of the most important challenges to rule of law stemming from the performance of constitutional courts, including the risks of judicial activism, politicization of the courts and the judicialization of politics. The book will be an invaluable resource for researchers, academics and policy-makers working in the areas of Constitutional Law and Political Science"--

  3. Rule of law at the beginning of the twenty-first century

    The Hague, the Netherlands : Eleven International Publishing, [2018]

    This book provides for multi-discursive analysis of the structural challenges to rule of law at the beginning of the XXI Century. It proposes critical assessment of the adjustment of rule of law to the shifts and changes in the socio-legal context and in the institutional design on all levels of socio-legal relations - national, international and supranational and in many spheres of the social life. The book puts forward a discussion on the capability of rule of law to cope with globalization, information revolution, financial capitalism, migration, social and political (dis)integration, terrorism, transnational corporate criminality, multilevel and supranational governance and constitutional pluralism. The book commences with deliberation on the conceptual, theoretical and normative features of rule of law. It advances discussion on the relationship of rule of law to other constitutional principles such as sovereignty, democracy, welfare state, subsidiarity and solidarity. Special emphasis is put on the role of the courts - national, international and supranational, as well as of the investment arbitration for promotion or hindering of rule of law. Rule of law infringements are analysed in comparative legal and socio-legal perspective in the light of the democratic backsliding hypothesis. Last but not least, the impact of migration on democracy, welfare state, solidarity and security as basic preconditions for well-established constitutional order based on rule of law is thoroughly researched.This book is a collaborative effort of 22 authors, striving to provide a multi-discursive analysis of the structural challenges to rule of law at the beginning of the twenty-first century. It proposes critical assessment of the adjustment of rule of law to the shifts and changes in the socio-legal context and in the institutional design on all levels of socio-legal relations - national, international and supranational - as well as in many spheres of the social life. Rule of Law at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century puts forward a discussion on the capability of rule of law to cope with globalization, information revolution, financial capitalism, migration, social and political (dis)integration, terrorism, transnational corporate criminality, multilevel and supranational governance and constitutional pluralism. The book commences with deliberation on the conceptual, theoretical and normative features of rule of law. The aim is to advance discussion on the relationship between rule of law and other constitutional principles such as sovereignty, democracy, welfare state, subsidiarity and solidarity. Special emphasis is put on the role of the courts as well as on the investment arbitration for promotion or hindering of rule of law. Rule of law infringements are analyzed in comparative legal and socio-legal perspective in the light of the democratic backsliding hypothesis. Last but not least, the impact of migration on democracy, welfare state, solidarity and security as basic preconditions for well-established constitutional order based on rule of law is thoroughly researched.

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