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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW2153: Law, Democracy and Populism: The Rise and Fall of Constitutional Democracy

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

  • Francis Fukuyama, “The End of History?” (1989) 16 The National Interest (Summer 1989) 3-18
  • Yascha Mounk, “The End of History Revisited” 31(1) Journal of Democracy 22-35
  • Aziz Huq and Tom Ginsburg, “How to Lose a Constitutional Democracy” (2018) 65 UCLA Law Review 78-169
  • Samuel Issacharoff, “The Corruption of Popular Sovereignty” (2020) 18(4) International Journal of Constitutional Law 1109-1135
  • Cas Mudde, “The Populist Zeitgeist” (2004) 39(4) Government and Opposition 541-563
  • Jan-Werner Müller, “’The People Must be Extracted from Within the People’: Reflections on Populism” (2014) 21(4) Constellations 483-493
  • Margaret Canovan, “Trust the People! Populism and the Two Faces of Democracy” (1999) 47(1) Political Studies 2-16
  • Nadia Urbinati, “Political Theory of Populism” 22 (2019) Annual Review of Political Science 111-127
  • Luigi Corrias, “Populism in a Constitutional Key: Constituent Power, Popular Sovereignty and Constitutional Identity” (2016) 12(1) European Constitutional Law Review 6-26
  • Gábor Halmai, “Populism, Authoritarianism and Constitutionalism” (2019) 20(3) German Law Journal 296-313
  • Kim Lane Scheppele, “The Opportunism of Populists and the Defense of Constitutional Liberalism” (2019) 20(3) German Law Journal 314-331
  • Paul Blokker, “Populism as a Constitutional Project” (2019) 17(2) International Journal of Constitutional Law 536-553
  • Bojan Bugaric, “Could Populism Be Good for Constitutional Democracy?” (2019) 15 Annual Review of Law and Social Science 41-58
  • Steven Levitsky and Lucan A. Way, “The Rise of Competitive Authoritarianism” (2002) 13(2) Journal of Democracy 51-65
  • Nancy Bermeo, “On Democratic Backsliding” (2016) 27(1) Journal of Democracy 5-19
  • Ming-Sung Kuo, “Against Instantaneous Democracy” (2019) 17(2) International Journal of Constitutional Law 554
  • Martin Loughlin, “The Contemporary Crisis of Constitutional Democracy” (2019) 39(2) Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 435-454
  • Tarunabh Khaitan, “Executive Aggrandizement in Established Democracies: A Crisis of Liberal Democratic Constitutionalism” (2019) 17(1) International Journal of Constitutional Law 342-356