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February 2022
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With its emphasis on emerging and cutting-edge debates in the study of comparative constitutional law and politics, its suitability for both research and teaching use, and its distinguished and diverse cast of contributors, this handbook is a must-have for scholars and instructors alike. This versatile volume combines the depth and rigor of a scholarly reference work with features for teaching in law and social science courses. Its interdisciplinary case-study approach provides political and historical as well as legal context: each modular chapter offers an overview of a topic and a jurisdiction, followed by a case study that simultaneously contextualizes both. Its forward-looking and highly diverse selection of topics and jurisdictions fills gaps in the literature on the Global South as well as the West. A timely section on challenges to liberal constitutional democracy addresses pressing concerns about democratic backsliding and illiberal and/or authoritarian regimes.


'Having relied extensively on its draft chapters to teach comparative constitutional studies, I found this book to be an excellent and innovative pedagogical tool. The exploration of specific topics as deep contextual studies, and a truly ecumenical approach that escapes the gravitational pull exerted by a handful of jurisdictions in Euro-America, avoid two of the biggest pitfalls in our discipline.'

Tarun Khaitan - Professor in Public Law and Legal Theory, Oxford

'Indispensable as a toolkit for scholars of comparative constitutionalism, as well as illuminating as regards the most pressing constitutional hotspots in the contemporary world.'

Professor J. H. H. Weiler - University Professor, Co-Director, Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law and Justice

'This book fills a longstanding gap in the field of comparative constitutional studies. Moving beyond the traditional menu of overly analyzed Western constitutions, each chapter takes on frontier issues in constitutional theory, focusing on underrepresented jurisdictions that offer new insights. The geographic diversity of case studies, interdisciplinary nature of the book’s approach, and flexibility of applications create novel opportunities for fruitful comparisons that ultimately generate constitutional possibilities for solving some of the seemingly intractable issues of our time.'

Christie S. Warren - Professor of the Practice of International and Comparative Law

'The book provides a broad sweeping thematic analysis of constitutionalism. It fills gaps in the scholarship by stepping beyond ordinary boundaries of comparative constitutional law. Chapters are written by a diverse group of highly distinguished experts. This is an eminently valuable asset for both scholars and students alike, a major contribution to the literature. A must-read for anyone interested in constitutionalism.'

Jaakko Husa - Professor of Law and Globalisation, Helsinki

‘Constitutionalism in Context is the rare work that simultaneously offers an accessible introduction for students, a thorough state of the research for graduate students, and pathbreaking essays for senior scholars. Professor David Law and his team have produced a tour de force that will occupy prominent places on the bookshelves (or hard drives) of every scholar interested in comparative constitutionalism.’

Mark Graber - University of Maryland

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