Constitutions in World Society: A New Measure of Human Rights

29 Pages Posted: 2 Feb 2017

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Colin Beck

Claremont Colleges - Pomona College

John W. Meyer

Stanford University - Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

Ralph Hosoki

University of California, Irvine

Gili S. Drori

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Date Written: January 27, 2017

Abstract

Constitutions, once thought of as distinctly national documents, are now recognized as being written, adopted, and amended in conversation with national laws of other societies, international organizations, and transnational legal orders. This paper situates constitutions in the post-World War II growth of world society, examining trends in provisions for human rights. Human rights language and law, once absent from almost all constitutions, now appears in most of them. We argue that this striking change is driven by global-transnational processes as much as by national conditions. We introduce a measure of human rights in constitutions based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and data from the Comparative Constitutions Project. Results of analyses verify the robustness of the measure and support a global-transnational account of human rights inclusion in constitutions.

Keywords: constitutions, human rights, world society, transnational legal orders

Suggested Citation

Beck, Colin and Meyer, John W. and Hosoki, Ralph and Drori, Gili S., Constitutions in World Society: A New Measure of Human Rights (January 27, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2906946 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2906946

Colin Beck (Contact Author)

Claremont Colleges - Pomona College ( email )

Claremont, CA 91711
United States

John W. Meyer

Stanford University - Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

Ralph Hosoki

University of California, Irvine ( email )

Campus Drive
Irvine, CA 62697-3125
United States

Gili S. Drori

Hebrew University of Jerusalem ( email )

Mount Scopus
Jerusalem, IL Jerusalem 91905
Israel

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