This paper argues that constitutionalism raises some serious concerns of moral legitimacy. Following a preliminary outline of the main features of constitutionalism, the paper presents some of the main moral concerns about the legitimacy of constitutions. It then considers in detail a number of arguments that purport to answer those concerns, arguing that they all fail to meet the challenge. The paper concludes with a brief outline of some of the moral implications of this failure and some suggestions for reform.
Constitutional Law | Jurisprudence
Date of this Version
Andrei Marmor, "Are Constitutions Legitimate?" (July 2006). University of Southern California Legal Studies Working Paper Series. Working Paper 11.