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08 November 2012

The Sociology of Constitutions

Poul F. Kjær In a recent review, Poul F. Kjaer examines the theory of constitutions presented by Chris Thornhill in his latest book.

Thornhill, it is argued, seeks to re-initiate a strict sociological approach to the study of constitutions thus confronting the strong dominance of normative based approaches within constitutional scholarship, while emphasizing rights and the role of courts rather than political institutions as the central sites for the development of constitutional frameworks.

Read more in Poul F. Kjaer:"Review of Chris Thornhill: A Sociology of Constitutions. Constitutions and State Legitimacy in Historical-Sociological Perspective", European Journal of Social Theory, November 2012, 15 (4) 571-575.