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Steven G. Calabresi
Demos Creation, Religion, And Federalism In The G-20 Constitutional Democracies
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The article supplements Professor Ackerman’s account of the role of Mass Popular Movements in his book “Revolutionary Constitutions” by arguing that these movements did more than simply constitutionalize their charisma. In the Author’s view, they also created the demos or nation state, which became a constitutional democracy. Before one can have a nation state or a constitutional democracy one must have a nation or a demos. Strikingly, in four of the nation states, which Professor Ackerman studies Mass Popular Movements created the demos or nation state, which then became a constitutional democracy. The Mass Popular Movements, which Professor Ackerman studies thus engaged in nation-state creation as well as in the constitutionalization of their charism. In the course of discussing this process of demos creation, the Author will also explain why some constitutional democracies emerge as genuine nation states and others emerge as truly federal regimes.

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