"In this book Paulo Ferreira da Cunha provides us with a brilliant exegesis of the legacy and continuing relevance of the concept of the Republic in contemporary times. In an age when the values and virtues of republican democracy face the continued menace of unregulated global capital this book provides a timely reminder of the values on which European constitutionalism are based. Today in Europe many politician forget deliberately the republican values of inclusion, equality and social justice and prefer instead to pursue neo-liberal individualistic agendas which weaken democratic values. This book is a welcome rebuttal of such modes of being and argues instead in a passionate manner for a republic of justice, equality and rights." Patrick Hanafin, Professor of Law, Birkbeck Law School, University of London.