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Making We the People: Democratic Constitutional Founding in Postwar Japan and South Korea

Chaihark Hahm and Sung Ho Kim, Yonsei University
Format
Book
Published
New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Language
English
Series
Comparative Constitutional Law and Policy
ISBN
9781107018822, 110701882X
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Summary
"What does it mean to say that it is 'we the people' who 'ordain and establish' a constitution? Who are those sovereign people, and how can they do so? Interweaving history and theory, constitutional scholar Chaihark Hahm and political theorist Sung Ho Kim attempt to answer these perennial questions by revisiting the constitutional politics of postwar Japan and Korea. Together, these experiences demonstrate the infeasibility of the conventional assumption that there is a clearly bounded sovereign 'people' prior to constitution-making which may stand apart from both outside influence and troubled historical legacies. The authors argue that 'we the people' only emerges through a deeply transformative politics of constitutional founding and, as such, a democratic constitution and its putative author are mutually constitutive. Highly original and genuinely multidisciplinary, this book will be of interest to scholars of comparative constitutionalism as well as observers of ongoing constitutional debates in Japan and Korea"--
Contents
  • The unbearable lightness of the people
  • War and peace
  • The ghost of empire past
  • A room of one's own.
Description
xii, 316 pages ; 24 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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