By Chris Thornhill
Utilizing a technique that either analyzes specific constitutional texts and theories and reconstructs their old evolution, Chris Thornhill examines the social function and legitimating prestige of constitutions from the 1st quasi-constitutional records of medieval Europe, throughout the classical interval of progressive constitutionalism, to fresh techniques of constitutional transition. A Sociology of Constitutions explores the explanations why glossy societies require constitutions and constitutional norms and provides a particular socio-normative research of the constitutional preconditions of political legitimacy.Review"This ebook discusses in a hugely unique and complex demeanour features of the makings and workings of constitutions, whose importance (both highbrow and useful) has now not been formerly famous. it is going to identify itself because the cornerstone of a brand new line of scholarship, complementary to extra traditional historic and juridical techniques to constitutional analysis."- Gianfranco Poggi, college of Trento"This is a crucial publication in the event you search to appreciate the sociological tactics curious about the advance of states and their constitutions. It has the good benefit of delivering massive element in help of its thesis and therefore considerable ammunition to problem the numerous substitute theories of the advance of the trendy state."- Richard Nobles, the trendy legislations ReviewBook DescriptionCombining textual research of constitutions and historic reconstruction of formative social approaches, Chris Thornhill examines the legitimating position of constitutions from the 1st quasi-constitutional records in medieval Europe to fresh constitutional transitions. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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Extra info for A Sociology of Constitutions: Constitutions and State Legitimacy in Historical- Sociological Perspective
1 This does not imply that the highly localized jurisdictional structures based in lordship, lateral association and private force that characterized earlier feudalism had dissolved by the twelfth century. In fact, a recent outstanding monograph has persuasively demonstrated the contrary (Bisson 2009). However, by the later twelfth century many European societies were beginning to develop more regularly constructed legal and political systems, and they were in the process of devising at least the bare practical and conceptual instruments to make this possible.
12 on Tue Oct 09 08:51:20 BST 2012. 002 Cambridge Books Online © Cambridge University Press, 2012 the social origins of modern constitutions 21 In earlier feudal societies, political power had normally been constructed through a pattern of societal organization in which kings, princes or other regents granted land and noble or seigneurial rights of private lordship to feoff holders, and, in return, feoff holders accepted certain, usually military, obligations towards feudal lords. Through this system, seemingly public resources of political and judicial power were obtained through private transaction and held as private goods in the hands of barons or territorial lords, who then assumed personal legal and judicial rights over those subordinated to them by feoff.
In its entirety, the book can be interpreted, not only as a historical-functional sociology of constitutions, but also as a historical-functional sociology of legal/political norms, which intends to analyse norms as objective institutions that are generated by innersocietal dynamics and functionally formative evolutionary processes. It is in its approach to the normative fabric of modern society that the most controversial methodological aspect of this book becomes visible. Underlying the conception of the book, namely, is a theory of political power that positions itself in strict opposition to more widely established constructions of power and its social status.
A Sociology of Constitutions: Constitutions and State Legitimacy in Historical- Sociological Perspective by Chris Thornhill