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The term constitutionalism is scarcely contemporary, but is used ambiguously and often carelessly in the secondary literature for a form of constitution with respect to the corresponding idea and theory, for the efforts to realize this constitution, and finally for the result, a specific type of constitution. At the heart of all these definitions is a form of state and system of government that are legitima…

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Brauneder, Wilhelm, “Constitutionalism”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 09 December 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022546>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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