Bruce Ackerman is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University and the award-winning author of eighteen books, including Social Justice in the Liberal State and his multivolume constitutional history We the People. His book The Stakeholder Society (written with Anne Alstott) served as a basis for Tony Blair's introduction of child investment accounts in the United Kingdom. He contributes frequently to the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. Ackerman is a member of the American Law Institute and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the recipient of the American Philosophical Society's Henry M. Phillips Prize for lifetime achievement in jurisprudence.
After changing how we think about the U.S. Constitution, Bruce Ackerman is doing the same for the rest of the world. This volume is a remarkable start for what is certain to become one of the most ambitious endeavors in constitutional scholarship: to understand the different beginnings of constitutionalism in the world.--Miguel Poiares Maduro, European University Institute From George Washington to Nelson Mandela, and from Ben-Gurion to Ayatollah Khomeini, Ackerman takes his theory of the central role of constitutional politics in the creation and evolution of constitutions into a comparativist sphere and offers a theory of how typical patterns in revolutionary history shape the diverse constitutional challenges and trajectories we see in the world today. A project of grand intellectual ambition and a fascinating read.--Yochai Benkler, Harvard Law School An ambitious and demanding book...What is most valuable in Revolutionary Constitutions is the sense of drama and detail in the history of constitutional construction...A considerable achievement...worth reading.--Jeremy Waldron London Review of Books (09/12/2019) Bruce Ackerman's Revolutionary Constitutions is a triumph. It enables the reader to appreciate the many complex factors that contribute to the legitimacy of constitutions and the creation of constitutionalism in a country. In doing so, Ackerman seamlessly navigates events, movements, and a range of charismatic constitutional personalities. He deftly discusses Nehru, Mandela, Ben-Gurion, and de Gaulle, amongst others, and their roles in the making or breaking of constitutional revolutions.--Dr. Menaka Guruswamy, Advocate, Supreme Court of India