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17:30 to 19:00
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07 February 2013
Seminar Room A, Manor Road Building, Manor Road, Oxford

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Thursday, 7 February 2013 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm


Prof Chris Thornhill - A Sociology of Constitutions

Book Colloquium

A discussion of the 2011 book A Sociology of Constitutions by Professor Chris Thornhill, which provides synthetic explanatory and historical foundations for the sociology of constitutions and constitutional legitimacy.
The book examines the social role and legitimating status of constitutions from the first quasi-constitutional documents established in medieval European societies, through the classical period of revolutionary constitutionalism, to very recent processes of constitutional transition. A Sociology of Constitutions explores the reasons why modern societies require constitutions and presents a distinctive analysis of the constitutional preconditions of political legitimacy.

Chris Thornhill, Professor of European Political Thought, Glasgow University
Denis Galligan, Professor of Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford
Richard Nobles, Professor of law, Queen Mary , University of London
Vincent Miró, Lecturer at the Dalmacio Negro Political Science Seminar, Universidad San Pablo CEU, Madrid
Praise for A Sociology of Constitutions:
'This book discusses in a highly original and sophisticated manner aspects of the makings and workings of constitutions, whose significance (both intellectual and practical) has not been previously recognized. It will establish itself as the cornerstone of a new line of scholarship, complementary to more conventional historical and juridical approaches to constitutional analysis.' Gianfranco Poggi, University of Trento