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Does the Process of Constitution-Making Matter?

Annual Review of Law and Social Sciences, Vol. 5, No. 5, 2009

23 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2011 Last revised: 11 Aug 2011

Tom Ginsburg

University of Chicago Law School

Zachary Elkins

University of Texas, Austin

Justin Blount

University of Illinois at Chicago

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Date Written: February 1, 2009

Abstract

This essay reviews the literature on constitution-drafting. In any given year, 5-10 constitutions will be produced; yet we have remarkably little empirical evidence of the impact of the design process on outcomes. This essay reports hypotheses on the effect of the constitution-making process on outcomes and surveys available evidence. It provides some new data, pointing toward further research in the area.

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Ginsburg, Tom and Elkins, Zachary and Blount, Justin, Does the Process of Constitution-Making Matter? (February 1, 2009). Annual Review of Law and Social Sciences, Vol. 5, No. 5, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1860392

Tom Ginsburg (Contact Author)

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Zachary Elkins

University of Texas, Austin ( email )

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Justin Blount

University of Illinois at Chicago ( email )

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