Book launch: «Writing Democracy: The Norwegian Constitution 1814-2014»

Launch of "Writing Democracy: The Norwegian Constitution 1814-2014", edited by Karen Gammelgaard and Eirik Holmøyvik, at Domus Bibliotheca, Faculty of Law.

Writing Democracy: The Norwegian Constitution 1814-2014

(Berghahn Books: New York/Oxford)

About the book:

The Norwegian Constitution is the oldest functioning constitution in Europe. Its bicentenary in 2014 has inspired the analyses in this volume, where contributors focus on the Constitution as a text to explore new ways of analyzing democratic development. This volume examines the framing of the Norwegian Constitution, its transformations, and its interpretations during the last two centuries. The textual focus enables new understandings of the framers’ negotiations and decisions on a democratic micro level and opens new international and historical contexts to understanding the Norwegian Constitution. By synthesizing knowledge from different realms - law, social sciences, and the humanities – Writing Democracy provides a model for examining the distinct textual qualities of constitutional documents.

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Introduction by the editors Karen Gammelgaard and Eirik Holmøyvik

Brief presentations of select chapters of the book

  • William Warner (University of California, Santa Barbara): The Thing That Invented Norway
  • Jacqueline Visconti (University of Genoa): Discursive Patterns in the Italian and Norwegian Constitutions

Commentary by Professor Helle Porsdam (University of Copenhagen)



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Publisert 19. nov. 2014 11:46 - Sist endret 11. mars 2016 14:06