The essays gathered in this volume were first presented at a confer-
ence entitled "Comparative Constitutionalism: Theoretical Perspec-
tives on the Role of Constitutions in the Interplay Between Identity
and Difference," which took place on October 13-14, 1991, at the
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City under the
auspices of the Jacob Burns Institute for Advanced Legal Studies and
the Cardozo-New School Project on Constitutionalism. Among the
many persons who were instrumental in conceiving and organizing
this conference, I wish to single out for special thanks Professor An-
dras Saj6 and Jean McMahon, the 1991-92 Administrative Editor of
Cardozo Law Review.
In addition, I wish to thank my research
assistant Magda Jimenez for her very able assistance in the prepara-
tion of this volume.