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Gianmario Demuro
A New Idea Of Constitutionalism Facing The Global Constitutional Law
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The originality of the analysis of Bruce Ackerman resides in the perspective of classifying ideal-types allowing the interpretation on the birth of ideal Constitutions. This book also help us to reflect on our past, and allows us to say, in summary, that France believed in revolutionary constitutionalism, one Ackerman’s ideal-type, while Italy did not. Furthermore, Italy and France are today at the same point: they have indeed two similar constitutional Courts, and the legitimisation of the Constitution does not depend on the judicial review alone, even if in both countries the Courts expand their powers in the absence of a Leader. But we also know that the revolutionary constitutionalism does not guarantee that the future will be better (or worse) than the past, as in order to realise radical changes the political elites need the consent of the majority.

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