What Constitution? Nepal's Experience in Post-Conflict Reconstruction

18 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2013 Last revised: 17 Jan 2013

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Ryan Suto

Pennsylvania State University; Syracuse University

Date Written: November 27, 2012


Constitution building, and especially creating electoral structures within constitutions, is the most important institutional and legal process within post-conflict reconstruction. The determinations made during this process shape how the society functions and how politics itself occurs in the future of the society. This paper will investigate the role of constitution building in post-conflict Nepal. Specifically, the paper will focus on electoral design within post-conflict constitutions. First, constitutions generally are discussed and next post-conflict constitution building. After that, the nature of electoral design will be discussed. Best practices of constitution building will be offered. Second, a short background of Nepal will be give. The 2007 interim constitution and the 2008 election results will be discussed.

Keywords: Nepal, Post-conflict, constitution building, rule of law

Suggested Citation

Suto, Ryan, What Constitution? Nepal's Experience in Post-Conflict Reconstruction (November 27, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2201352 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2201352

Ryan Suto (Contact Author)

Pennsylvania State University ( email )

University Park
State College, PA 16802
United States

Syracuse University ( email )

900 S. Crouse Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2130
United States

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