Chain of Legitimacy: Constitution Making in Iceland

24 Pages Posted: 25 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)

Date Written: July 2016

Abstract

To understand Iceland’s political situation, it is necessary to consider the historical background to the post-crash constitutional revision process launched in 2009. Also, the paper offers a brief account of some aspects of the constitution-making process during 2010-2013, including the work of the Constituent Assembly. Further, the paper describes Parliament’s ongoing attempt to undermine the substance of the constitutional bill accepted by two thirds of the voters in the 2012 referendum. A national parliament cannot, without undermining its own legitimacy, allow the results of a constitutional referendum to be changed after the fact, let alone ignored, even if the referendum was advisory.

Keywords: legitimacy, democracy, constitutions, Iceland

JEL Classification: K100

Suggested Citation

Gylfason, Thorvaldur, Chain of Legitimacy: Constitution Making in Iceland (July 2016). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 6018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2829261

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