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Constitutional Imaginaries: A Theory of European Societal Constitutionalism

Priban, Jiri ORCID: 2021. Constitutional Imaginaries: A Theory of European Societal Constitutionalism. [Constitutional Imaginaries: A Theory of European Societal Constitutionalism]. London: Routledge.

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The basic structure of the book is determined by the constitution of social imaginaries and their function in the systems of positive law and politics. The monograph initially analyses the classic imaginary of polity as the unity of space, people and laws - topos, ethnos and nomos, its limitations and recent transformations. It argues that imaginaries function as background societal forces constituting legitimate authority. They have the potential to constitute immanent facts of power as transcendental values of society and to constantly transvaluate this apparatus of values. Because of this function, constitutional imaginaries are unlimited by the unity of topos, ethnos and nomos and operate beyond imagined communities of nations in post-national constellations such as the European Union. The second half of the book, therefore, focuses on specific European constitutional imaginaries of legal pluralism, administrative calculemus, prosperous imperium and mobilised communitas to demonstrate the existence and different configurations of this background societal force in the systems of European law and politics.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Authored Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781032079141
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2024 14:30

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