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This introductory chapter reviews a wide variety of contributions, introducing the distinction between what the author have called the four dimensions of constitutionalism: Social Constitutionalism, Institutional Constitutionalism, Normative Constitutionalism, and Analogical Constitutionalism. These categories are an attempt to group the various approaches or schools of thought by reference to the key themes of global constitutionalism. Social Constitutionalism is a vision of constitutionalism that views the international sphere as an order of coexistence. Visions of Institutional Constitutionalism are predominantly centred on the ways in which power is allocated among institutions in the international sphere. Normative Constitutionalism encompasses those visions that focus on the existence of a common normative system. The chapter draws largely on the thoughts of philosophers and political scientists such as Jürgen Habermas, James Tully, Ernesto Laclau and Jacques Derrida, and extrapolates them to the discourse on global constitutionalism.

Keywords:global constitutionalism; normative constitutionalism



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