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Constitutionalism In Asia And The United States

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This book attempts to further understanding of constitutionalism in many radically diverse Asian nations while taking note of instances where United States constitutional experience has been influential or relevant. The United States is one of the few countries whose basic ideas about government institutions, approach to law, and national experience commonly are taken into account when constitutionalism is debated around the world. That admitted, scholars and leaders in some Asian countries have adapted one or more elements of American constitutionalism based on freely conducted study of many alternatives. Other knowledgeable Asians have rejected either some foundation principle of U.S. constitutionalism, or its cultural particularization in American life, or both. This chapter presents a reformulation of some meanings of "constitutionalism", some instances in Asia of American influence on or relevance to local constitutionalism, and some patterns and preferences in Asia revealed by the studies in this book and elsewhere.

Keywords: Asian countries; constitutionalism; cultural particularization; United States



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