Part II of the volume outlines some of the origins, purposes and forms
of authority and power associated with liberal constitutions and world
orders. The two chapters help illuminate what is 'old' and 'new' in the
emerging new constitutional world order. They illustrate how historical
struggles have forged dominant patterns of political authority and are
now restructuring the global order. The main themes of Part II involve:
1. The genealogy of liberal constitutionalism, particularly that of the
2. How liberal constitutionalism can be understood as a form of insurance
on the part of dominant forces against threats to their power, privilege
and property, stemming from popular and democratic forces.
3. The recent global convergence toward constitutional supremacy in
light of the rapid spread of democratic politics.