Towards the End of French-Style ‘Negative Parliamentarism’? Introductory Questions to the Study of the 2008–2009 Constitutional Reform

The study of parliamentary assemblies has long suffered in France (and sometimes elsewhere) from many misunderstandings affecting the subtle issues that form its subject matter. Those issues depend primarily on the nature of law in general and constitutional law in particular. One must begin in this regard by recalling the inanity of an abstract dual vision claiming to distinguish between (constitutional) law ‘in books’ and (constitutional) law ‘in reality’.