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Asia-Pacific Constitutional Systems

Asia-Pacific Constitutional Systems
 

Analyses the formal constitutional changes that have taken place in the Asia-Pacific region.

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ISBN 9780511549960
Published 9 October 2009 by Cambridge University Press
Format Online resource/Other
Author(s) By Hassall, Graham
By Saunders, Cheryl
Series Cambridge Asia-Pacific Studies

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ISBN-13 9780511549960
ISBN-10 0511549962
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Status Internationally sourced (on backorder); allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Imprint Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
Publication Date 9 October 2009
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Online resource/Other
Author(s) By Hassall, Graham
By Saunders, Cheryl
Series Cambridge Asia-Pacific Studies
Category Comparative Law
Constitutional & Administrative Law
Interest Age All ages
Reading Age All ages
NBS Text National Law: Professional
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly
Number of Pages Not specified
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Description of this Book

This book describes and critically analyses the formal constitutional changes that have taken place in the Asia-Pacific region, embracing the countries of East and South East Asia and Pacific Island states. In examining the variety amongst constitutional systems operating in the region, it asks several key questions: What constitutional arrangements operate in the region and how can their fundamental differences in structure and operation be explained? How do social, political and economic factors limit the effects of the constitution in place? What lessons exist for the practice of constitutionalism elsewhere? The aim of the book is to ground the idea of constitutionalism in local and global practices, and, through examining these practices, to identify significant challenges to the workings of contemporary constitutional orders.

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Awards & Reviews

NZ Review 'In this very interesting book, the authors investigate the various forms that constitutional arrangements assume in the Asia-Pacific ... the highly useful appendix ... and the comprehensive bibliography also contribute to make the book a precious reference work for students and researchers in, and out of, the field of Asian Studies. But the most relevant contribution is methodological and consists of the authors clearly stressing he fact that there is little insight to be gained from the mere juxtaposition of legal principles and institutions without taking into account the historical, philosophical and human circumstances to which they respond and which affect their operation and significance. This multidisciplinary and contextual approach is just what is needed to investigate any kind of social phenomena across cultures.' Political Studies Review

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Author's Bio

Graham Hassall is widely published in Pacific Studies and is an expert on the states of Micronesia in particular. He was Research Fellow and Director of the Asia-Pacific program of teaching and research in the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies at the University of Melbourne Law School, and is currently the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Landegg International University, Switzerland. Cheryl Saunders is one of Australia's leading scholars in the fields of comparative and international law. She is the Director of the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies at the University of Melbourne. She has been an adviser to many governments in the region on the question of constitutional development and reform.

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