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Constituents Before Assembly: Participation, Deliberation, and Representation in the Crafting of New Constitutions (eBook)


ISBN13: 9781316733585
Published: July 2017
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
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Under what circumstances do new constitutions improve a nation's level of democracy? Between 1974 and 2014, democracy increased in 77 countries following the adoption of a new constitution, but it decreased or stayed the same in 47 others.

This book demonstrates that increased participation in the forming of consitutions positively impacts levels of democracy. It is discovered that the degree of citizen participation at the 'convening stage' of constitution-making has a strong effect on levels of democracy. This finding defies the common theory that levels of democracy result from the content of constitutions, and instead lends support to 'deliberative' theories of democracy.

Patterns of constitutions are then compared, differentiating imposed and popular constitution-making processes, using case studies from Chile, Nigeria, Gambia, and Venezuela to illustrate the dynamics specific to imposed constitution-making, and case studies from Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, and Tunisia to illustrate the specific dynamics of popular constitution-making.

Subjects:
Constitutional and Administrative Law, eBooks
Contents:
Introducing constitutions as political process
1. A call to pens (even if not mightier than swords): how context and process prevail over content in constitutional change
2. Making the constituents King: how constituent deliberation on new constitutions democratizes more than mere citizen participation
3. Parchment politics: the importance of context and conditions to the convening of constitutions
4. The logic of 'top down' elite constitutionalism: how imposed processes may (but usually do not) produce better democracy
5. The logic of 'bottom up' constitutionalism: how popular processes tilt the odds in favor of democracy
6. Interest groups versus individual participation, and the gap between ideal constitutional process and real world practices.

Series: Comparative Constitutional Law and Policy

From Parchment to Practice: Implementing New Constitutions ISBN 9781108738026
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Constitutional Courts in Asia: A Comparative Perspective ISBN 9781316646663
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The Politico-Legal Dynamics of Judicial Review: A Comparative Analysis ISBN 9781108442329
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Constituent Assemblies
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The Invisible Constitution in Comparative Perspective ISBN 9781108405478
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Judicial Review in Norway ISBN 9781108445429
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Constitutions in Times of Financial Crisis (eBook) ISBN 9781108583794
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Constitution-Making and Transnational Legal Order (eBook) ISBN 9781108602594
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Constitution-Making and Transnational Legal Order ISBN 9781108473101
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Proportionality: New Frontiers, New Challenges ISBN 9781316617007
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The Adventures of the Constituent Power: Beyond Revolutions? ISBN 9781107565647
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The Invisible Constitution in Comparative Perspective (eBook) ISBN 9781108278850
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The Politico-Legal Dynamics of Judicial Review: A Comparative Analysis ISBN 9781108425421
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Constitutional Courts in Asia: A Comparative Perspective ISBN 9781107195080
Published September 2018
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Judicial Review in Norway ISBN 9781108426688
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Constituent Assemblies (eBook)
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Crafting Constitutional Courts in Latin America: Hopes and Fears (eBook) ISBN 9781316832608
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Crafting Constitutional Courts in Latin America: Hopes and Fears ISBN 9781107178366
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The Adventures of the Constituent Power: Beyond Revolutions? ISBN 9781107126794
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The Adventures of the Constituent Power: Beyond Revolutions? (eBook) ISBN 9781108506274
Published November 2017
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Constitutions, Religion and Politics in Asia: Indonesia, Malaysia and Sri Lanka (eBook) ISBN 9781316872284
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Courts and Democracies in Asia ISBN 9781107192621
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Courts and Democracies in Asia (eBook) ISBN 9781108135528
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Proportionality: New Frontiers, New Challenges (eBook) ISBN 9781316732878
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Proportionality: New Frontiers, New Challenges ISBN 9781107165564
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Assessing Constitutional Performance ISBN 9781107154797
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Assessing Constitutional Performance ISBN 9781316608357
Published August 2016
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Reputation and Judicial Tactics: A Theory of National and International Courts ISBN 9781316621141
Published August 2016
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Constitutionalism in Asia in the Early Twenty-First Century ISBN 9781107687745
Published April 2016
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Unstable Constitutionalism: Law and Politics in South Asia ISBN 9781107068957
Published September 2015
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Social and Political Foundations of Constitutions ISBN 9781107546080
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Presidential Legislation in India: The Law and Practice of Ordinances ISBN 9781107546028
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Magna Carta and its Modern Legacy ISBN 9781107533103
Published April 2015
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Magna Carta and its Modern Legacy ISBN 9781107112773
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Constitutions and Religious Freedom ISBN 9781107041448
Published March 2015
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Reputation and Judicial Tactics: A Theory of National and International Courts ISBN 9781107031135
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Constitutions in Authoritarian Regimes ISBN 9781107047662
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Constitutionalism in Asia in the Early Twenty-first Century
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Comparative Constitutional Design ISBN 9781107665378
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Social and Political Foundations of Constitutions ISBN 9781107032880
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Comparative Constitutional Design ISBN 9781107020566
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