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Can constitutions improve democracy? Sometimes, but not always

Eisenstadt, Todd A., LeVan, A. Carl and Maboudi, Tofigh (2015) Can constitutions improve democracy? Sometimes, but not always. USApp - American Politics and Policy Blog (03 Sep 2015). Website.

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Does adopting a constitution lead to better democracy? Not necessarily, write Todd A. Eisenstadt, A Carl LeVan, and Tofigh Maboudi, who studied 138 constitutions from a 37 year-period. They find that in many countries, the constitution-making processes did not incorporate broad public consultation, meaning that the drafters were often able to grab power by codifying benefits for themselves and for their supporters.

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Additional Information: © 2015 The Author(s) CC BY-NC 3.0
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Date Deposited: 08 May 2017 08:55
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 08:05

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