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Multi-layered constitutions.

Masterman, R.M.W. (2019) 'Multi-layered constitutions.', in The Cambridge companion to comparative constitutional law. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 47-497. Cambridge companions to law.


Examination of the state-centric dynamics of constitutions can only partially illuminate the multi-faceted characteristics of constitutional law. A statist focus often obscures both internal and external dimensions of constitutions themselves, and of the broader structures and patterns of governance that exist within and beyond nations. Either explicitly or implicitly, constitutions speak to the sub- as well as to the inter- and supra-national, and provide a lens through which obligations and pressures arising in each differing context might be reflected. Constitutions are, as such, inherently multi-layered.

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Publisher statement:This material has been published in The Cambridge Companion to Comparative Constitutional Law edited by R.M.W. Masterman and R. Schütze. This version is free to view and download for personal use only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. © Cambridge University Press 2019.
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Date deposited:15 October 2019
Date of first online publication:31 October 2019
Date first made open access:30 April 2020

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