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dc.contributor.authorDyzenhaus, Daviden_US
dc.description.abstractI argue that legal and constitutional theory should avoid the idea of constituent power. It is unhelpful in seeking to understand the authority of law and the place of written constitutions in such an understanding. In particular, it results in a deep ambivalence about whether authority is located within or without the legal order. That ambivalence also manifests itself within positivist legal theory, which explains the affinity between theories of constituent power and legal positivist accounts of authority. Legal theory should then focus on the question of law's authority as one entirely internal to legal order, thus making the question of constituent power superfluous.en_US
dc.publisherWissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB) Berlinen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesWZB Discussion Paper SP IV 2011-802en_US
dc.subject.keywordlegal theoryen_US
dc.subject.keywordconstitutional theoryen_US
dc.subject.keywordconstituent poweren_US
dc.subject.keywordpositivist legal theoryen_US
dc.titleConstitutionalism in an old key: Legality and constituent poweren_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
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