The Bill of Rights of the US Constitution served as both a model and anti-model for the constitutionalization of citizens' rights in the new democracies emerging after the fall of communism in Central and Eastern Europe. The most striking contrast between the US Bill of Rights and postcommunist constitutional charters of rights is the absence in the former, and the inclusion in the latter, of catalogues of so-called "positive," socioeconomic rights.
PostCommunist Charters of Rights in Europe and the U.S. Bill of Rights,
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