David Law

Constitutionalism in Context

Cambridge University Press


With its emphasis on emerging and cutting-edge debates in the study of comparative constitutional law and politics, its suitability for both research and teaching use, and its distinguished and diverse cast of contributors, this handbook is a must-have for scholars and instructors alike. This versatile volume combines the depth and rigor of a scholarly reference work with features for teaching in law and social science courses. Its interdisciplinary case-study approach provides political and historical as well as legal context: each modular chapter offers an overview of a topic and a jurisdiction, followed by a case study that simultaneously contextualizes both. Its forward-looking and highly diverse selection of topics and jurisdictions fills gaps in the literature on the Global South as well as the West. A timely section on challenges to liberal constitutional democracy addresses pressing concerns about democratic backsliding and illiberal and/or authoritarian regimes.

A highly versatile research handbook that combines broad-ranging, interdisciplinary coverage with support for teaching use. Features hard-to-find coverage of Asia, the Muslim world, and the Global South as well as the West. Features primary sources, online supplementary materials, heavily curated reading lists, and a user's guide.


David S. Law, ed., Constitutionalism in Context, Cambridge University Press (2022).

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