Revolution och konstitution: Om konstituerande makt

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Revolution och konstitution: Om konstituerande makt
Author(s) Spång, Mikael
Date 2007
English abstract
Revolution and Constitution: On Constituent Power. The people’s constituent power was among the most central ideas of the democratic revolutions during the late 18th century, at the time intrinsically related to the dilemma of liberation and freedom: the risk that freedom is lost unless the revolutions are institutionalized, and the risk that the constitution comes to embody a conditioned freedom unless liberation is pursued. This dilemma was central to the three conceptions of constituent power discussed in this article: (1) the Sans-Culottes’ view of constituent power as permanently residing in the people and tied to liberation, (2) the radical democratic mechanisms of controlling legislative and executive power exemplified by the constitution of Pennsylvania, and (3) the American federalists’ argument that constituent power is the expression of the people’s will at the moment of adopting the constitution, after which it resides in the background and loose its importance. These ideas of constituent power are discussed and then related to the contemporary debate about it in the context of constitutional democracy.
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Host/Issue Statsvetenskaplig tidskrift;4
Volume 109
ISSN 0039-0747
Pages 359-379
Language swe (iso)
Subject(s) Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
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