The Nation as 'The Public': The Resilient Functionalism of Public Law

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Abstract / Description of output

This chapter focuses on the ‘resilient functionalism’ of public law in continuing to support the important relationship between the nation and the state. It begins by outlining the functionalism of public law in its broadest sense, tracing its historical development as a discrete subject. Secondly, it explores further how public law's primary role in the modern era has been to facilitate the relationship between national identity and the state. And thirdly, it offers empirical evidence to defend the ‘resilience thesis’ and the ongoing importance of public law as facilitator of the continuing, albeit changing, relationship, between nation, national identity, and state.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAfter Public Law
EditorsCormac Mac Amhlaigh, Claudio Michelon, Neil Walker
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780199669318
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameOxford Constitutional Theory

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • public law
  • privatization
  • globalization
  • nation
  • nation-state
  • national identity
  • nationalism
  • state
  • post-national
  • resilient functionalism


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