Digital Tools and the Derailment of Iceland's New Constitution

28 Pages Posted: 12 Aug 2016

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Thorvaldur Gylfason

University of Iceland - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Anne Meuwese

Tilburg University

Date Written: July 21, 2016

Abstract

This paper maps the use of digital tools in the Icelandic constitutional revision process of 2011 and discusses its aftermath in subsequent years. Although causal links between the digital elements of the process and the content and fate of the constitutional bill are impossible to establish, an analysis of the Icelandic constitution-writing efforts as ‘digital democracy’ reveals some important lessons. High-quality input into constitution-making processes through digital participation is possible, but the very threat of this to vested institutional interests also makes consensus on and enforcement of the ‘rules of the game’ of paramount importance.

Keywords: digital tools, democracy, constitutions, Iceland

JEL Classification: K100

Suggested Citation

Gylfason, Thorvaldur and Meuwese, Anne C.M., Digital Tools and the Derailment of Iceland's New Constitution (July 21, 2016). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 5997. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2821479

Thorvaldur Gylfason (Contact Author)

University of Iceland - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration ( email )

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Iceland
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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany

Anne C.M. Meuwese

Tilburg University ( email )

Netherlands

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