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House of Cards: Comparing the British and the American TV Series from a Constitutional Perspective

Giacomo Delledonne
Published Online: 2018-03-27 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/pol-2018-0007


The aim of this essay is to compare the two House of Cards TV series – the British one and the American one – from a constitutional viewpoint. In so doing, the contribution tries to answer some research questions: how are the constitutional systems of the UK and the US respectively portrayed in the two TV series? More generally, how can contemporary political dramas approach constitutional issues?

Keywords: House of Cards; TV series; UK Constitution; US Constitution; political drama

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Giacomo Delledonne

Giacomo Delledonne is Postdoctoral Researcher in Comparative Constitutional Law at the Institute for Law, Politics and Development of Scuola superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa. His fields of research include comparative federalism, European constitutional law, and the law of financial procedures. He is the author of essays, articles and short comments in Italian, English, French, and German. He has authored a monograph on L’omogeneità costituzionale negli ordinamenti composti (Napoli: Editoriale Scientifica, 2017). He has edited books and symposia, including (with Heidi Mercenier, Eadaoin Ni Chaoimh and Ludivine Damay) La libre circulation sous pression (Bruxelles: Bruylant, 2018) and (with Giuseppe Martinico and Leonardo Pierdominici) Il costituzionalismo canadese a 150 anni dalla Confederazione. Riflessioni comparatistiche (Pisa: Pisa University Press, 2017).

Published Online: 2018-03-27

Published in Print: 2018-03-26

Citation Information: Pólemos, Volume 12, Issue 1, Pages 107–122, ISSN (Online) 2036-4601, ISSN (Print) 2035-5262, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/pol-2018-0007.

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