Encyclopedia of World Constitutions
How do the United States, France, Nigeria, and Chile deal with the problem of judicial review? Which countries guarantee their citizens equality under the law? Which states may suspend civil liberties in times of crisis? This informative reference work allows easy comparison between the constitutions of the 194 countries of the world. Written by specialists in the respective country, the entries follow a common structure that makes the systems easily comparable.
Following a brief preface, the introduction explores the concepts of constitutional law and fundamental rights. In the A-to-Z section, each signed country entry begins with an "At-a-Glance" box that summarizes the governmental system, the legislative system, the date of the original constitution, the date the constitution was last changed, and more. This volume also includes a narrative discussion for each entry that analyzes the constitution's basic principles, including constitutional history, governmental regulation of the economy, and the rights and duties of citizenship. Other features include suggestions for further reading, including sources for the text of the constitution in English and in the original language; appendixes that cover the constitution of the European Union and provide an overview of special and disputed territories; a glossary; and a comprehensive index.
Coverage for each country includes:
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Containing entries on 194 countries and edited by German law professor Robbers (Univ. of Trier, Germany;Introduction to German Law ), this three-volume encyclopedia includes short summaries of constitutional history, constitutional principles, government bodies, amendments to the constitution, and several other topics. Features include "At a Glance" boxes summarizing each governmental system, narrative discussions for each entry that analyze the constitution's basic principles, suggestions for further reading, and the particularly useful bibliography of primary and secondary sources, including books. The entries are written by academics and other scholars, mostly from their respective countries, and cover everything from basic organization, structure, and the election process to fundamental rights, political parties, and even religious communities.Bottom Line Although the entries are shorter and the type smaller, CQ Press'sConstitutions of the World (2001) contains similar information plus a useful comparative country chart. It is also less than half the price. But the number of bibliographic references and easy-to-read design make the Facts On File work attractive as well. Recommended for larger metropolitan public libraries with sizable legal and international relations collections.-Donald Altschiller, Boston Univ. Libs.