What Is a Constitutional Transition

21 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2016 Last revised: 18 Sep 2018

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Joel I. Colón-Ríos

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2016


A ‘constitutional transition’ may be defined as the period after a constitutional order has been abandoned and a new one is about to emerge. This paper is concerned with providing a framework for the identification of less clear instances of transition, such as the replacement of a constitution through ‘non-revolutionary’ means. In his attempt to achieve this, the author examines constitutional transitions from the lenses of the concept of the material constitution and of the theory of constituent power. The author concludes that, in analysing the phenomenon of constitutional transitions, it is necessary to look beyond the apparent or real legality of the process used to bring particular changes into existence. 

Keywords: Constitutional Law, Constitutional Design

JEL Classification: K00, K10, K40

Suggested Citation

Colón-Ríos, Joel I., What Is a Constitutional Transition (2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2871682 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2871682

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