Constitutional Discourse and Political Reality in Post-Napoleonic Germany
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When discussing the relevance and impact of foreign constitutional ‘models’, essential distinctions have to be made; firstly, regarding the actual point of reference, whether the model is indeed a legal document or whether it is more akin to a constitutional ‘concept’ or ‘idea’; secondly, between two levels of recipients, namely (a) that of the public sphere and political thought, and (b) that of ‘(constitutional) politics’ in the narrower sense of the meaning.1 This is notwithstanding the fact that there are a multitude of (potential) reciprocal influences, for instance in that political thinkers are often influential politicians and vice versa.
KeywordsFrench Revolution Political Reality American Constitution Constitutional Order Popular Sovereignty
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