Assessing Liberal Democracy in Times of Rising Populism and Illiberalism
David Glass, consultant solicitor at Excello Law, The Law Society Gazette The book as a whole is one of great erudition. More importantly, it does make a valid contribution to the case for securing the future of liberal democracies through the strength of their constitutions.
Gary J. Jacobsohn, Malcolm Macdonald Professor of Constitutional and Comparative Law in the Department of Government and Professor of Law at the University of Texas at Austin As the threat to liberal constitutionalism has become increasingly ubiquitous, the urgency of an appropriate response is glaringly palpable. The challenge extends beyond the need to counter the danger posed by malignly intended authoritarians, but at least as much to well-intended constitutionalists who lack the intellectual resources to defend what needs to be secured. And so, we must be grateful to Michel Rosenfeld for providing the rich theoretical perspective within which the effort to comprehend and support what is fundamental for the survival of the liberal democratic constitutional project. Indeed, in this moment of genuine peril for that project's future, his magisterial account of constitutionalism's justice essentials is essential reading.
Robert Post, Sterling Professor of Law, Yale Law School An indispensable analysis of our current crisis by one of our most literate exponents of comparative constitutional law and jurisprudence.
Anthony Kennelly, Irish Jurist A Pluralist Theory of Constitutional Justice adds to this scholarship with a coherent theoretical framework, for a very interesting proposal on how to respond to populism. It is therefore an important read for all those interested in the subject.
Michel Rosenfeld is the University Professor of Law and Comparative Democracy, Justice Sydney L. Robins Professor of Human Rights and Director of the Program on Global and Comparative Constitutional Theory at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University. He teaches in the areas of legal philosophy and US and comparative constitutional law. He has lectured throughout the world and is the author of numerous books, which have been translated into eleven foreign languages. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Constitutional Law (2000-2014) and the president of the International Association of Constitutional Law (1999-2004).