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Latin American Constitutionalism, 1810-2010The Engine Room of the Constitution$
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Roberto Gargarella

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199937967

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199937967.001.0001

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The Material Basis of the Constitution

The Material Basis of the Constitution

(p.44) 3 The Material Basis of the Constitution
Latin American Constitutionalism, 1810-2010

Roberto Gargarella

Oxford University Press

The third chapter refers to the material basis of the Constitution. In this respect, it explores one particular characteristic of early constitutional discussions in the region during the “founding period”, namely the attention that legal thinkers paid to economic issues. More specifically, the chapter explores the way in which early legal thinkers thought about the economic conditions that –they assumed- made the whole enterprise of constitutionalism possible or intelligible.

Keywords:   “Independence thesis”, material basis, economic independence, political independence, motivations, neutrality, endogenous controls, civic virtue, republicanism, character

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