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Constitutions and the Legitimisation of Power

Organised by Kelly Grotke and Markus Prutsch, University of Helsinki, The Research Project Europe 1815-1914

One of the most enduring formulations of European teleological self-understanding is the idea that constitutions marked a transition from the monarchical legitimisation of authority to parliamentarism and the sovereignty of the people, thereby advancing liberalism and democracy; in other words, the constitutionalisation of Europe put power securely in the hands of its peoples. The working group will challenge this understanding by exploring a counter-hypothesis: constitutions legitimised monarchical and authoritarian regimes and channelled citizen autonomy in directions that served the interests of such regimes, thereby suppressing alternative conceptions of autonomy.

La France, au milieu des rois législateurs et des jurisconsultes français_Merry Joseph Blondel
La France, au milieu des rois législateurs et des jurisconsultes français,
reçoit de Louis XVIII la Charte constitutionnelle (1827) by Merry Joseph Blondel, Musée du Louvre, Paris