Can Constitutional Imagination Spread across Political Economies?

In recent times, a growing attention in comparative constitutional studies is being devoted to the notion of constitutional imagination and its capacity to animate constitutional orders. Usually, constitutional imagination is presented as an achievement of symbolic representation. But how to compare different constitutional imaginations? The paper tries to address this question by introducing a first qualifying aspect: the material context in which imagination is embedded. The main aim is to assess how far a disembodied constitutional imagination can travel from one jurisdiction to another. In particular, the focus will be on the old question of the relation between the material organisation of society and the formation of a constitutional imagination. The paper does not intend to propose a solution to this question, but to start working on ways to articulate the relation between materiality and imagination.