A Carta Constitucional portuguesa de 1826

Translated title of the contribution: The Portuguese Constitutional Charter of 1826

José Miguel Sardica*

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Among all the constitutional texts that ruled over the Portuguese political system, the Constitutional Charter was the longest reigning throughout contemporary history (72 years), and the one that most profoundly contributed both to the institutional making and to the ideological definition of the Portuguese 19 th century monarchical regime. The Charter was based on a particular political culture-charterism-that redefined the European liberal vocabulary at the time, setting it apart from any revolutionary legacy and engaging in a middle way for the conduction of politics, equidistant between traditional royal absolutism and radical popular democracy. This article aims at presenting a historical synthesis of the origins and unfolding of royally granted constitutionalism in Portugal, beginning with the 1808 Petition and the promises and disillusions of King John VI's policies (1823-1826), exploring in detail the granting of the 1826 Constitutional Charter (its sources, philosophy, internal structure and main juridical and institutional principles), and recalling lastly the bumpy process through which it was sworn in and rooted, as from 1826 to its first reform, in 1852.
Translated title of the contributionThe Portuguese Constitutional Charter of 1826
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)527-561
Number of pages35
JournalHistoria Constitucional
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 12 Oct 2012


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