The Gap Between Constitutional Text and Social Practice: The Role of the Press


Show simple item record Davis, Dennis 2016-01-22T07:19:42Z 2016-01-22T07:19:42Z 2008
dc.identifier.citation Davis, D. (2008). The gap between constitutional text and social practice: the role of the press: notes. South African Law Journal, 125(2), 213-216. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0038-2388 en_ZA
dc.description.abstract This year these awards take place at a crucial moment in the development of our constitutional democracy. Such a democracy can flourish only where there exists a basic, shared normative framework upon which the practice of a constitution can be built. Expressed bluntly, where a community cannot establish the most rudimentary of overlapping consensus as to basic values, there can be no long-term future for a constitutional community. If we, as the citizenry, cannot agree about a core meaning of freedom, equality, dignity, democracy, accountability, transparency and integrity, then our constitution will remain a text with no more significance than a document of historical curiosity. John Rawls Political Liberalism (1993) understood this requirement well: he sought not the creation of firm agreements on a comprehensive conception of the good. Rather, he insisted that without agreement on a core set of principles of justice, liberal democracy was not possible. en_ZA
dc.language eng en_ZA
dc.publisher Juta Law en_ZA
dc.source South African Law Journal en_ZA
dc.title The Gap Between Constitutional Text and Social Practice: The Role of the Press en_ZA
dc.type Journal Article en_ZA 2016-01-19T08:54:07Z
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Article en_ZA
uct.subject.keywords press en_ZA
uct.subject.keywords constitutional text en_ZA
uct.subject.keywords social practice en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Law en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Commercial Law en_ZA
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