Constitutional Specificity, Unwritten Understandings and Constitutional Agreement
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
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 30
Date posted: November 11, 2010 ; Last revised: November 19, 2010