Civil Society, Constitution, and Legitimacy (Hardcover)

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Spurred by recent governmental transitions from dictatorships to democratic institutions, this highly original work argues that negotiated civil society-oriented transitions have an affinity for a distinctive method of constitution making_one that accomplishes the radical change of institutions through legal continuity. Arato presents a compelling argument that this is the preferred method for rapidly establishing viable democratic institutions, and he contrasts the negotiated model with radical revolutionary change. This exceptionally engaging work will be of interest to students and scholars of comparative politics, constitutional law, and East European studies, as well as to political scientists and sociologists.

About the Author


Andrew Arato is professor of sociology and democratic studies at the New School for Social Research. He is the author of numerous books and articles, most recently From Neo-Marxism to Democratic Theory.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780847687718
ISBN-10: 0847687716
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publication Date: April 19th, 2000
Pages: 368
Language: English