Constitutionalism and Democracy: Domestic and Global

Term: Spring 2010

Subject Code: GPOL

Course Number: 5059

This course considers the problem of democracy and constitutionalism beyond the nation state perspective. At issue are both constitution-making and the structure of constitutions and constitutional treaties. We consider issues of classical confederations and federal states, as well as modern structureslike the European Union which are difficult to fit into these categories. Throughout, we discuss the relevant theoretical concepts of <i>The Federalist</i>, of Schmitt, Kelsen, and more recent writers. Finally we consider the type of constitutional arrangements that would be appropriate for the international community.