Couverture:Conflict, Power, and the Landscape of Constitutionalism The backdrop to the book - a comparative study of several countries across three continents - is the understanding that every good constitution rigorously separates the legislature, executive, and judiciary from one another to guarantee the independence of each of these powers, such that this separation results in life, liberty and security. However, the constitution also symbolises and produces power. As such, constitutionalism as a political culture of laws should therefore explain the dynamics of power.

In viewing the constitutions together with the societies in which they emerge, this study shows how institutional practices originating from a legal text create a matrix of power that owes its life neither to a contract between men, nor between the state and men, nor even between the society and men, but rather to relations established, organised, and formalised by laws. It seeks to investigate how power acts on power, and is a revealing account of how the theory of separation  is both a myth and a reality.



Ranabir Samaddar

The Exception and the Rule: On French Colonial Law
Olivier Le Cour Grandmaison

Law and Terror in the Age of Constitution-Making
Ranabir Samaddar

The Citizen and the Subject: A Post-Colonial Constitution for the European Union?
Sandro Mezzadra

The Silent Erosion: Anti-Terror Laws and Shifting Contours of Jurisprudence in India
Ujjwal Kumar Singh

The Post-Communist Revolution in Russia and the Genesis of Representative Democracy
Artemy Magun

The Acts and Facts of Women's Autonomy in India
Paula Banerjee

The Limits of Constitutional Law: Public Policies and the Constitution
Virgilio Afonso da Silva

Regulation of the Particular and Its Socio-Political Effects
Rastko Močnik

Constitutionalism in Pakistan: The Lingering Crisis of Dyarchy
Mohammad Waseem