One of the striking phenomena attending the sudden and dramatic transformations that have swept through Eastern and Central Europe has been a resurgent interest in constitutionalism. This is not to say simply that constitutions are being rewritten throughout the region, though this is certainly true. It is hardly notable that new documents are being devised to give the new order formal confirmation, for that process almost always attends political transformations, as it did two generations ago when "people's democracy" became the regional watchword. The new and striking phenomenon is constitutionalism- that is to say, constitutions being promulgated not merely as the symbol of the new order, but as the basis of it.
Brad R. Roth, Constitutionalism in Eastern Europe: Alternatives to the Liberal Social Contract, 11 Penn St. Int'l L. Rev. 283 (1993).