Sub-national constitutional politics: contesting or complementing, replicating or innovating, traditional constitutionalism?

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This special issue of Perspectives on Federalism collects papers mostly presented at the General Conference of the European Consortium of Political Research in September 2014. The issue contains five papers dealing with the role, the status, the dynamics, and the functions of sub-national constitutional politics and sub-national constitutionalism in a number of member states of the EU as well as in a comparative, non-EU perspective. Even though the papers take different perspectives on the topic at hand, they all engage with the contribution sub-national constitutions can make to democracy and the nationstate within as well as outside of Europe.

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  • Lorenz Astrid and Reutter Werner 2012 ‘Subconstitutionalism in a Multilayered System. A Comparative Analysis of Constitutional Politics in the German Länder’ Perspectives on Federalism IV(2): 141-170 retrieved from: (download: January 10 2013).

  • Popelier Patricia 2014 ‘Subnational multilevel constitutionalism’ Perspectives on Federalism VI(2): 1-23 available at (download: November 20 2014).

  • Reutter Werner 2006 ‘The Transfer of Power Hypothesis and the German Länder: In Need of Modification’ Publius: The Journal of Federalism XXXVI(2): 277-301.

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  • Vandenbruwaene Werner 2014 ‘What Scope for Subnational Autonomy: the Issue oft he Legal Enforcement oft he Prinicple of Subsidiarity’ Perspectives on Federalism VI(2): 45-73.

  • Williams Robert. F. 2011: ‘Teaching and Researching Comparative Subnational Constitutional Law’ Penn State Law Review CXV(4): 1109-1132.

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