This book discusses in what sense constitutional law has a political dimension, raising the question whether constitutional law is fundamentally political as to its validity, terms of its origin, conceptual structure and/or corresponding practice. It also poses the question whether that dimension is a political-theological dimension. A positive answer to these questions challenges the prevailing view that constitutional law is to be conceived strictly as law, moreover as written law, approved at a certain point in history by a particular power and interpreted as any other law by the judiciary. The essays included in this book, written by leading scholars in constitutional theory - including Martin Loughlin, Paul Kahn, Manon Altwegg-Boussac and Massimo La Torre - address these questions in a timely and original way.
Introduction Part I Fundamental Law Fundamental Law Expanding Legality and Losing Fundamental Law: On Martin Loughlins Dualist Conception of Public Law Part II A Political-Theological Dimension Decision and Legal Interpretation An Alternative Political Theology: The Negative and Anticipatory Significance of the Constitutive Concepts of Constitutional Law Part III Political Constitutional Law Informal Constitutional Change and Political Law "Liquid Constitutions" and Their Informal Changes Part IV The Problem of European "Constitutional Law" A Functional Alternative to Political Right: Social Contract Without a People In Capital We Trust: The Eurozone: A Congeries of Material Norms Without a Constitution? The Different Faces of Politics: Economic Governance and European Democracy.