This 2002 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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A "chef's tour" of Asian-Pacific Constitutions2009年12月16日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
I agree with the authors that there needs to be more scholarship on Asia-Pacific constitutions. Unfortunately, this book isn't it. It's more descriptive than analytical, providing a proverbial "chef's tour" of how countries in the region deal with constitutions and government structure. Each chapter comes across as dozens of examples of an issue that the reader is unlikely to remember afterward. The authors also take a moralistic and ethnocentric approach towards constitutions in the region, decrying "strategic action" on the part of politicians who fail to keep the best interests of the nation at heart (as if Australian or American politicians do). Part of the problem is scope: focuses largely on the Pacific islands, with some South and Southeast Asia. This is far too much to cover, and inevitably leads to simplification and even a few errors. Sadly, this isn't the book I hoped it would be.