Democratic Constitutionalism in India and the European Union
India and the European Union seem hard to compare at first sight, a state in the Global South here and a regional organization in the Global North there. Yet, closer scrutiny reveals that they share a core belief and a normative anchor – that democracy is possible even in vastly diverse societies of continental scale, and that a constitutional framework is best able to secure the ideals of collective autonomy and individual dignity. Both draw on the template of liberal constitutionalism to create lasting structures of democracy. But despite this similarity, they have hardly ever been compared. The contributions to this panel are based on a long-running research project to begin this unusual comparison and uncover convergences, divergences – and the need for long-running conversations and ‘slow comparison’.