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American Constitutionalism Heard Round the World, 1776-1989A Global Perspective$
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George Athan Billias

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814791073

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814791073.001.0001

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Global Consciousness

Global Consciousness

Then and Now

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American Constitutionalism Heard Round the World, 1776-1989

George Athan Billias

NYU Press

This chapter reflects on the global influence of American constitutionalism as envisioned by the nation's founders. It considers some of the reasons why the influence of American constitutionalism was not accepted universally or why the spread of democracy was limited, including the economic status of countries seeking to make a transition, the lack of political leadership, prior exposure to democracy, and republicanism. It also comments on Andzrej Rapaczynski's claim that the influence of the U.S. Constitution on developments worldwide had been limited to presidentialism, federalism, and judicial review. Finally, it describes possible scenarios about what the future of democratic constitutionalism might be.

Keywords:   democracy, American constitutionalism, republicanism, Andzrej Rapaczynski, U.S. Constitution, presidentialism, federalism, judicial review

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