Rules, power and constitutions: following Onuf

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This chapter explores the role of power in the theory of global constitutionalism. It draws on the work of Nicholas Onuf, whose launched constructivist IR theory. It borrows from Onuf the idea of rules and rule making, but critiques his work for failing to devvelop the idea of power in constitutional theory. It concludes with an analysis of global constitutent power.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Art of World-Making
Subtitle of host publicationNicholas Greenwood Onuf and his Critics
EditorsHarry D. Gould
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
ISBN (Electronic)9781315268934
ISBN (Print)9781138285491, 9781138285484
Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2017


  • Power
  • Global constitutionalism
  • Nicholas Onuf


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