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Reference: Cristina E. Parau, Romania’s transnational constitution : a tradition of elite learning and self-empowerment In Denis J. Galligan ed., Mila Versteeg ed. (2013). Social and Political Foundations of Constitutions. 497-531.Citable link to this page:

 

Romania’s transnational constitution : a tradition of elite learning and self-empowerment

Abstract: This chapter takes as its starting point a substantial modification of the constitutional diffusion theory outlined in this section. Its theorization features actors instead of states, as the latter conception is too abstract and remote from the actual causes and motives that bring about constitutional diffusion (Hirschl 2013). By inquiring into agency, it is hoped that the black box of one East European State – Romania – may be opened up in order to find out who the actors are who actually conceived and drafted the several constitutions Romania has had since the eighteenth century, and what motivated them.In every instance nearly all the actors proved to be elites, corroborating those who claim that “the people” are in fact little involved in constitutional conjunctures (Galligan 2013). The conceiving and drafting of constitutions has always been the domain of social elites and of “political entrepreneurs” originating within this class who chose to involve themselves in public affairs. The latter have always been a minority within a minority, an elite stratum of the social and economic elite.

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Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Publisher Website: http://www.cambridge.org/

Host: Social and Political Foundations of Constitutionssee more from them

Publication Website: http://ebooks.cambridge.org/ebook.jsf?bid=CBO9781139507509

Issue Date: 2013

Copyright Date: 2013

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Doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139507509.022

Isbn: 9781107032880

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Language: en Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law Tiny URL: ora:10908

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Author: Cristina E. Parau - institutionUniversity of Oxford facultySocial Sciences Division - Politics and International Relations oxford

Source: https://ora.ox.ac.uk/objects/uuid:ccfac6d7-19a7-46c1-a9f2-02feec7b036c



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