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Constitutionalism and Democracy: American and European Perspectives (Philosophy) Hardcover – 13 Mar 1996

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Richard Bellamy was born in Glasgow, though he is not of Scottish descent - both his parents came from Liverpool. The family moved to near London when he was 2, by way of a 6 month period on the beach near Pisa, where his father was working at the Institute of Physics. Though he did return to Glasgow 16 years later to work as a community service volunteer (CSV) prior to University, those few idyllic months in Italy left a profound impression and many of his writings engage with the Italian tradition of political thought. The family also spent periods in California (while his father was at Stanford) and Geneva (where his father worked at CERN). Richard studied history at Cambridge and did his PhD there and at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. He was a post doctoral research fellow at Nuffield College Oxford, a temporary lecturer in history at Cambridge and then moved to a lectureship in politics at Edinburgh. The author of 8 monographs and the editor of a further 26 books, most of his work combines history, politics, law and philosophy to different degrees. He has written extensively on the development of, and challenges to, democracy, citizenship and constitutionalism in modern societies. He has held Chairs at UEA, Reading, Essex and UCL, where he was founding head of the Political Science Department and also set up the European Institute. He is currently on extended leave from UCL while Director of the Max Weber Post-doctoral programme at the EUI. He is presently working on books on democratic leadership and on the legitimacy of the EU. He has a daughter, who is also very interested in politics and history (among many other things, needless to say). Further information about Richard can be found on his website:


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