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How do Constitutions legitimate their claim to authority? Bruce Ackerman, Sterling Professor at Yale Law School and the spring 2015 Daimler Fellow, argues in this lecture that it happens in three different ways: the first path is pursued by revolutionary outsiders; the second, by established insiders; the third, by established insiders striking a deal with political elites previously excluded from the system. During the twentieth century, the revolutionary tradition is exemplified by India, South Africa, and postwar France and Italy; insider-constitutionalism, by various nations in the British Commonwealth; elite bargaining between insider and outsider elites, in Spain, Germany, Japan, and the European Union. Different pathways generate different legitimation problems – combining to create a distinctive crisis in the European Community as it confronts its future.