Constitutions Compared (4th edition)

The new edition of this handbook provides a user-friendly introduction to comparative constitutional law. For each area of constitutional law, a general introduction and a comparative overview is provided, which is then followed by more detailed country chapters on that specific area.
Author(s):
Aalt Willem Heringa
book | published | 4th edition
July 2016 | xvi + 474 pp.

Paperback
€80.-


ISBN 9781780683997


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- Student price: €40.-

Details

The new edition of this handbook provides a user-friendly introduction to comparative constitutional law. For each area of constitutional law, a general introduction and a comparative overview is provided, which is then followed by more detailed country chapters on that specific area. In this fourth edition, the author has expanded several chapters to provide for even more detail on national legal systems and constitutional comparison. In addition, he has updated the discussion wherever necessary. Thus, this book most notably takes account of the new election system in Germany; the operation of the constitutional review procedure in France; the Scottish referendum and its aftermath in the UK; the new procedure for the formation of a government in the Netherlands; the discussion about the accession of the EU to the European Convention on Human Rights; and notably the effects on domestic constitutional law in the EU member states by EU membership, the EMU, the political dialogue between national parliaments and the Commission, the banking union and many other relevant developments. The EU has therefore more extensively been woven into this book, as a constitutional system per se and as an international organization which heavily impacts upon domestic constitutional law.

Now this successful book is a helpful guide for students who are for the first time exploring comparative constitutional law, and a solid foundation for more advanced graduate-level courses.


About the third edition:
‘…a book that all first year law students should read (and others too)’
Florence Zampini in RTDeur (2012), lxxi

Chapters

Contents (p. 0)

Introduction to Comparative Constitutional Law (p. 1)

Constitutions Compared: Origins and Main Features (p. 19)

Federalism, Unitarism and Decentralization (p. 63)

Parliaments and Lawmaking (p. 97)

Governments, their Parliaments and their Heads of State (p. 165)

Judicial Review and Human Rights (p. 219)

Concluding Comparative Comments (p. 261)

Annex 1: List of Tables, Charts and Graphs (p. 267)

Annex 2: Useful Links (p. 269)

Annex 3: Exercises and Model Exam Questions (p. 271)

Annex 4: Glossary (p. 277)

Annex 5: Overview of Constitutions Compared (p. 283)

Annex 6: The Constitutons of The United States (p. 285)

Annex 7: The French Constitution (p. 301)

Annex 8. French Declaration of the Rights of Man (p. 325)

Annex 9: The German Basic Law (p. 327)

Annex 10: The Charter for the Kingdom of The Netherlands (p. 377)

Annex 11: The Dutch Constitution (p. 391)

Annex 12: Selected Statutory Provisions from The United Kingdom (p. 409)

Annex 13: The European Convention on Human Rights (p. 427)

Annex 14: The Treaty on European Union and Protocols 1 and 2 (p. 443)

Annex 15: Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (p. 463)