Positions and concepts in battles over constitutional interpretation: What is the idea of “justifiability in terms of public reason” directed against?

The contribution analyses why and how “public reason” centered accounts of constitutional interpretation are incompatible with and must be seen to be directed against three alternative interpretative accounts. First, it is directed against accounts that that seek to uncover the true meaning of the “will of the people” that is claimed to ground legal authority (voluntarist accounts). Second it is directed against conventionalist accounts that focus on what has been or might be generally accepted either by major political actors or citizens generally (conventional legalist accounts). Third it is also directed against accounts that insist on “moral readings” of the constitution and require judges to engage in justice-seeking. The question is whether public reason accounts are superior to its competitors and if so, why.