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Constitutional Specificity, Unwritten Understandings and Constitutional Agreement


Tom Ginsburg


University of Chicago Law School

November 11, 2010

CONSTITUTIONAL TOPOGRAPHY: VALUES AND CONSITUTIONS, A. Sajo and R. Uitz, eds., Eleven International Publishing, 2010
U of Chicago, Public Law Working Paper No. 330

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This short book chapter explores the determinants of constitutional specificity. Treating constitutional texts as coordination devices, it predicts that demand for specificity will increase as a function of audience heterogeneity, political uncertainty, and other factors. It shows that constitutions are getting longer and more detailed over time, and that constitutions in common law countries are longer than those in civil law countries, though not necessarily any clearer.

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Date posted: November 11, 2010 ; Last revised: November 19, 2010

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Ginsburg, Tom, Constitutional Specificity, Unwritten Understandings and Constitutional Agreement (November 11, 2010). CONSTITUTIONAL TOPOGRAPHY: VALUES AND CONSITUTIONS, A. Sajo and R. Uitz, eds., Eleven International Publishing, 2010; U of Chicago, Public Law Working Paper No. 330. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1707619

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