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Michele Graziadei
Deeper Comparisons
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Ackerman’s Revolutionary constitutions supports the study of comparative constitutional law by providing a typology of constitution-making processes and their effects over time. This typology is based on an analysis of the historical and political processes leading to the making of a constitution. Ackerman acknowledges the cosmopolitan dimensions in which the constitution making process always takes place. Nonetheless, his analysis rejects the possibility of a single blue print for constitutional projects. His vision of constitutional processes is therefore anchored to the idea of “rooted cosmopolitanism”, in which jurists and judges ultimately have a major role to play in the long run towards the stabilisation of a constitutional experience over time once the founding moment is passed and the constitution is not just imagined but must be lived.

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