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Comparative Matters: The Renaissance of Comparative Constitutional Law

Ran Hirschl

Abstract

Comparative study has emerged as the new frontier of constitutional law scholarship as well as an important aspect of constitutional adjudication. Increasingly, jurists, scholars, and constitution drafters worldwide accept that “we are all comparativists now.” And yet, despite this tremendous renaissance, the “comparative” aspect, as a method and a project, remains under-theorized and blurry. Fundamental questions concerning the very meaning and purpose of comparative constitutional inquiry, and how it is to be undertaken, are seldom asked, let alone answered. The author addresses this gap by ... More

Keywords: comparative constitutional law, constitutional thought, constitution, constitutionalism, constitutional design, public law, social science, interdisciplinary comparison, epistemology and methodology, research design

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198714514
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198714514.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ran Hirschl, author
Canada Research Chair, Professor of Political Science and Law, University of Toronto