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By Alain Marciano (auth.), Alain Marciano (eds.)

Our societies evidently relaxation on universal ideals. those "myths" are instruments that support us to improve and construct universal identities; they shape the constitution round which societies functionality. this doesn't suggest that those ideals are “true,” within the feel that they'd be supported through empirical proof. In social issues, myths have definitely very important capabilities to play whether no empirical evidence aid them. however, and accurately simply because they don't seem to be mentioned, myths might be tricky: they might create illusions, preserve buildings which are inefficient and not able to enhance the placement of voters. this can be rather actual with constitutions. Constitutions are extremely important for societies: a structure is a record — even in societies in response to “unwritten” constitutions — which binds voters jointly, growing solidarity between them, and which types the framework in which our actions ensue. As Nobel Prize laureate James Buchanan used to assert, "Constitutions include the principles of the social online game we play in our daily life."

However, constitutions usually are not usually debated by means of voters. this is because we turn out with universal ideals approximately those constitutions: they're above our heads, round us. We take them, their function, functionality, and nature as given. the aim of this quantity to enquire and problem universal constitutional myths. that includes contributions from well known economists, political scientists, and felony students, the chapters during this quantity tackle such myths as “constitutions are binding social contracts,” “constitutions are monetary records” and “constitutions are criminal documents.” Illustrating their analyses with historic and modern examples from the USA, Canada, and Europe, the authors construct a multi-layered method of figuring out constitutions and their implications for social and political influence.

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1 3 Agent Type, Social Contracts, and Constitutional Mythologies 29 wealth and betterment of the human condition. But a sober assessment of human history reveals that the level of Constitutional craftsmanship and institutional innovativeness required to establish such a binding and credible commitment have mostly proven elusive. The Constitutional moment comes and goes for most. But sometimes, at least for fleeting moments, such Constitutional craftsmanship does succeed. Historical Efforts at Constitutional Craftsmanship We have already pointed to Hamilton’s question as to whether the US experience would answer whether men are able to form Constitutions of good governance through reflection and choice, or whether they would forever be the result of accident and force.

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