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Visions of Cádiz: The Constitution of 1812 in Historical and Constitutional Thought

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Visions of Cádiz: The Constitution of 1812 in Historical and Constitutional Thought

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This chapter examines the ways the Spanish Constitution of 1812, also known as the Constitution of Cadiz, has been viewed in historical and constitutional thought. The document is a liberal constitution establishing constitutional rights, a representative government, and a parliamentary monarchy. It influenced ideas of American equality within the Spanish Empire, and its traces are observed in the the process of Latin American independence. To these accepted views, one must add that the Constitution was a lost moment in Latin American constitutional development. By the immediate politicization of constitutionalism after 1812, the document marks the beginning of constitutional difficulties in the region. This chapter has sections addressing: national sovereignty and popular representation, historical justification in the Cadiz process, liberal constitutionalism and constitutional rights, American equality and independence, and the politicization of constitutional texts and processes.

ISBN

9780857246158

Publication Date

2010

Publisher

Emerald Publishing

City

Bingley, England

Keywords

Constitution, Cadiz, 1812, Latin America, Spain, Liberalism, Sovereignty, Representation, Historicity, Citizenship, Race, Slavery

Disciplines

Constitutional Law | Law | Legal History