COMPARATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL DESIGN, Tom Ginsburg ed., 2011
31 Pages Posted: 13 May 2011
Date Written: May 13, 2011
The difficulty of constitutional amendment, in most contexts, clearly depends on both the formal rules governing amendment and a variety of other factors. This chapter explores the significance one such non-textual factor: the size, or scale, of a polity. It, first, identifies a number of theoretical reasons to think that the “denominator” for constitutional amendment purposes may affect the difficulty of amendment in a jurisdiction; and second, uses an original dataset on constitutional amendments at a state-level in the US, and the size of state legislatures, to show a clear negative relationship between actual amendment denominators and the rate of constitutional amendment, in various US states.
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Dixon, Rosalind and Holden, Richard, Constitutional Amendment Rules: The Denominator Problem (May 13, 2011). COMPARATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL DESIGN, Tom Ginsburg ed., 2011; U of Chicago, Public Law Working Paper No. 346. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1840925 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1840925