Wednesday, October 22, 2008

"The purpose of constitutionalism, which is to subject politics to higher norms of reason, is enhanced in its comparative form."

Professor Murkens defends comparative constitutionalism in an explicitly Platonic vein.

There are two contestable premises here:

1. Politics ought to be subject to norms of reason.

2. The international community of judges is a better source of reason than democratic politics.

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