American Constitutional Theory and History: Implications for European Constitutionalism

Author
Roger Pilon
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
The Cato Journal
Volume
38
Issue Number
3
Publication Date
Fall 2018
Institution
The Cato Institute
Abstract
It is perhaps not impertinent to suggest that American constitutional theory and history, owing to the longevity of the document that is their subject, hold lessons for constitutionalism everywhere, but especially for European constitutionalism—the more recent and ever evolving treaties that serve as a “Constitutional Charter” for the European Union. An American constitutionalist looking east today, seeing everything from Brexit to Grexit plus the reactions in European capitals, must be struck by the tension in the EU between exclusion and inclusion in its many forms, including individualism and collectivism. Those themes underpin my discussion here. The issues surrounding them are universal. They are at the heart of the human condition.
Topic
Markets, History, European Union, Constitution
Political Geography
Europe, North America, United States of America