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L699 Seminar in Politcal Theory: Democracy & Constitutionalism

Description This course will examine the relationship between democracy and constitutionalism from the perspective of political theory. We will look at the contested meanings of democracy, including the traditional liberal models, the old republic strands, the modern deliberative and dialogic models, and the challenge posed by agonistic approaches to democracy. We will also explore the meanings of constitutionalism, including the role of the rule of law and the significance of human rights in the conception of constitutions, and the challenge of constitutionalism in a sub- or supra-national context. Finally, we will bring the two sets of ideas together and discuss their ambivalent relationship. Is constitutionalism a precondition for democracy or a limit on it? Is democracy the foundation for a constitution or a threat to it? How might different models of democracy affect our conception of the constitution, or vice versa? The course is designed to provide the theoretical foundation for the developing curriculum in constitutional design and the work of the Center for Constitutional Democracy. Each student will write a long research paper and present his or her research to the class.

Faculty S. Williams, Scanlan

Fall 2013 - 2014Seminar in Politcal Theory: Democracy & ConstitutionalismWilliams, S.
Fall 2010 - 2011Seminar in Politcal Theory: Democracy & ConstitutionalismWilliams, S.