Constituent Power and Constitution Making: Reform, Revolution and Democratic Transition
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Social Research
Course Number: GPOL 6084
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Social Sciences
The course will introduce the instructor’s theory of democratic constituent power, as an alternative to both populist revolutionary constitution making and purely result oriented liberal conceptions. We will critically reconstruct not only Carl Schmitt’s, Carre de Malberg’s, Kelsen’s and Hannah Arendt’s classical conceptions, but also recent attempts by Kalyvas, Colon-Rios as well as Dyzenhaus and Lindahl. We will consider the legitimation problems of revolution and reform, both rooted in embodied concepts of popular sovereignty. Finally, we will introduce the new post sovereign paradigm of constitution making developed in Spain, Central Europe and South Africa and consider the uses and abuses of its legitimation principles in revolutions such as the one in Egypt, and comprehensive reform projects as in Turkey and Hungary recently.