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  • András Jakab, Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht, Germany
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If the task of constitutional theory is to set out a language in which the discourse of constitutional law may be grounded, a question of the utmost importance is how this terminology is created, defined and interpreted. In this groundbreaking new work, András Jakab maps out and analyses the grammar and vocabulary on which the core European traditions of constitutional theory are based. He suggests understanding key constitutional concepts as responses to historical and present day challenges experienced by European societies. Drawing together a great and diverse range of literature, much of which has never before been touched upon by scholarship in the English language, Jakab reconceptualises and argues for a new understanding of European constitutional law discourse. In so doing he shines new light on what constitutes its distinctively European nature. This remarkable book is essential reading for all scholars and students of constitutional theory in Europe and beyond.


'European Constitutional Language is an erudite explication and critique of the concepts on which constitutional theory must be founded, illuminating those concepts as well as important contemporary controversies. It is an example of comparative constitutional legal analysis at its best, sensitive to historical specificity and local variations, while also offering appropriate generalizations about basic concepts.'

Mark Tushnet - Harvard Law School, Massachusetts

'This volume presents an immense amount of knowledge in a concise, rigorously systematic and methodologically explicit manner. It is ambitious, precise and learned. This work is likely to become an important reference point for future debates in European constitutional theory.'

Armin von Bogdandy - Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

'… a very ambitious book, a potential reference mark for future research in European and comparative constitutional law. … This is a book of a real European scholar, a fully-fledged scholarly treasure trove and a generous contribution to the scholarly community.'

Giuseppe Martinico Source: European Public Law

'I applaud this work's scholarship, range, and vision, and am grateful for its bringing many insights from German legal scholarship to the anglophone world …'

Damian Chalmers Source: American Journal of Comparative Law

'This book has a number of merits: it is a systematic and easily readable presentation … of the the most important pending issues in present-day European constitutional discourse; moreover it convincingly shows possible and desirable developments. The author reveals an impressive command of the relevant literature on a number of topical constitutional debates. Furthermore, he is faithful to his work programme, which admits and, to a certain extent, advocates the political nature of the constitutional discourse. … In the ongoing debate about the European constitution, this book is a remarkable contribution, providing fundamental conceptual clarification and suggesting plausible paths for future evolution.'

Giacomo Delledonne Source: European Law Review

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