Conservation, progress, and change. How time affects politics and democracy

Valerio Fabbrizi


The article develops a discussion on how time influences the realm of politics and the structure of democratic
constitutionalism. In the first section, a theoretical and political-philosophical of time will be provided; in the second, the
attention will be focused on the consequences of time on constitutionalism and democracy. Here, a distinction between
the two concepts of time of politics and time of constitutionalism will be addressed. The theory of time in politicalphilosophical
terms can be defined in multiple directions: firstly, in terms of political and constitutional changes, two
different matters will be distinguished: a “conservative” as opposed to a “progressive” approach to politics and
constitutionalism. Hence, a twofold definition of constitutionalism can be traced: on the one hand, the idea that a
constitution can be considered as the product of the daily political debate and, on the other hand, the idea of a constitution
as a generational product.


Politics; Time; Democratic Constitutionalism; People; Consensus; Timing

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