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The idea of constitutionalism—like the ideas of state, government, democracy, power, and law to which it is very closely related—goes right to the heart of some of the very biggest questions about how we can live together. Where individuals coexist in any social group—a family, tribe, or nation state, or as citizens in a wider global order—there are all sorts of issues about the terms on which they come together and stay together, how rules are made to keep order within the group, and how the group will react to outsiders and adapt to change. There are also issues over how order is maintained, and how disputes over the application of rules are dealt with. In addition, there are questions about how individual and group aspirations are reflected in the arrangements for living together, and whether and how those who take different views are to be protected from domination by more powerful groups—whether these be simply the majority or those who exercise most power in reality.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMax Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law
Subtitle of host publicationPublished under the direction of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law. ed. / Rainer Grote; Frauke Lachenmann, ; Rüdiger Wolfrum. Oxford University Press,
EditorsRainer Grote, Rüdiger Wolfrum, Frauke Lachenmann
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2018


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