Democratic Theory and Constitutional Design: Hearing Persistent Electoral Minorities

24:4 International Journal of Minority and Group Rights, Forthcoming

34 Pages Posted: 12 Nov 2017

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Harry Hobbs

University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law

Date Written: November 5, 2017

Abstract

Questions of constitutional design, that is, of structuring the political relationship between dominant and non-dominant communities, are recurrent across the globe. While the particular issues faced by each state are distinct, at their root lies a common problem: how should legal and political institutions and processes be designed to provide minority groups or peoples with the capacity to have their interests heard in the processes of government? In this paper, I explore how democratic theory conceives of, and answers, this fundamental question.

Keywords: Democracy, Democratic Theory, Constitutional Design, Minorities, Counter-Majoritarian Institutions

Suggested Citation

Hobbs, Harry, Democratic Theory and Constitutional Design: Hearing Persistent Electoral Minorities (November 5, 2017). 24:4 International Journal of Minority and Group Rights, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3065652

Harry Hobbs (Contact Author)

University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law ( email )

Sydney
Australia

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