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The Communitarian Constitution Hardcover – March 19, 2004

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press (March 19, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801877822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801877827
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,591,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


A significant contribution to the literature on constitutional theory. Breslin's careful discussion of the similarities and differences among the various strains of communitarian thought provides a thorough introduction for those who are only vaguely familiar with communitarianism and its challenge to liberalism.

(Joyce A. Baugh Law and Politics Book Review 2004-01-00)

A worthy analysis of the ever-present dilemma in constitutional governments—individual rights in tension with the public good.

(Choice 2004-01-00)

A laudable project that... generates a fresh perspective on the communitarian-liberal debate... Provides some excellent critical material.

(Axel Kaehne Political Studies Review 2005-01-00)

Comprehensive and sympathetic understanding of communitarian theory.

(Daniel Cullen Perspectives on Politics 2005-01-00)

Breslin's book will stir up some dust and provoke academic controversy in a highly productive way. His strongly stated and well-argued thesis—that communitarianism cannot sustain a constitutional vision—will surely garner great attention among political theorists and students of public law. Everyone who reads it will come away with a new understanding of the power, complexity, and problems of communitarian ideas.

(Austin D. Sarat, Amherst College)

Breslin develops a provocative critique of communitarian political theory. His central claim is that communitarian thought is anti-constitutionalist because it elevates the will of the community over objective, clearly discernible constitutional limitations. The Communitarian Constitution succeeds admirably in sharpening debates over fundamental matters of constitutional design.

(Wayne Moore, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)

This work is sure to add insight... even as it revitalizes longstanding debates in political theory.

(Harvard Law Review 2005-01-00)

[A] concise and lively treatment of constitutions and their functions.

(Robert L. Tsai Perspectives on Politics 2010-01-00)

About the Author

Beau Breslin is a professor and chair of the department of government at Skidmore College and a specialist in constitutional law and civil liberties.

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