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Special Issue on “Electoral Reform in Constitutional Democracies”

Richard Albert, Boston College Law School

I-CONnect readers may be interested in a special issue of the peer-reviewed Election Law Journal on the subject of Electoral Reform in Constitutional Democracies, guest edited by Michael Pal (Ottawa) and me.

Mike and I observed a couple of years ago that countries across the globe were undergoing major electoral reforms that would have implications for the robustness of their democratic procedures and outcomes, and that could in many cases determine whether liberal constitutionalism survives in those jurisdictions.

To give these events the scholarly attention we thought they deserved, we organized a special issue featuring thirteen articles from expert scholars, each describing and evaluating major electoral reforms in a country or region. From Egypt to Italy, New Zealand to the Caribbean, Canada to Kenya and many jurisdictions in between, this special issue is both an introduction and a deep dive into the challenge and promise of electoral reform in the democratic world.

The special issue has just been published. All papers–including a thematic introduction written by U.S. election law expert Vik Amar (Illinois)–are available for a free period of 30 days at the homepage of the Election Law Journal.

The table of contents–along with direct links to the papers in PDF and HTML–are available below.

Electoral Reform in Constitutional Democracies
Guest Editors: Richard Albert and Michael Pal

Introduction–The Stakes of Electoral Reform at Home and Abroad free access

Vikram David Amar

Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy. Jun 2017, 16(2): 211-212.

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The Deliberative Case for Constitutional Referenda free access

Ron Levy

Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy. Jun 2017, 16(2): 213-221.

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From People’s Revolution to Partisan Reform: Recent Electoral Change in New Zealand free access

Andrew Geddis

Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy. Jun 2017, 16(2): 222-229.

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Lessons from Litigating for Reform free access

Nicholas Stephanopoulos

Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy. Jun 2017, 16(2): 230-236.

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On the Nexus of Eternity Clauses, Proportional Representation, and Banned Political Parties free access

Rivka Weill

Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy. Jun 2017, 16(2): 237-246.

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Towards a Ius Commune on Elections in Europe? The Role of the Code of Good Practice in Electoral Matters in “Harmonizing” Electoral Rights free access

Cristina Fasone, Giovanni Piccirilli

Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy. Jun 2017, 16(2): 247-254.

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Three Narratives About Canadian Election Law free access

Michael Pal

Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy. Jun 2017, 16(2): 255-262.

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Constitutional Reform in the Caribbean free access

Richard Albert

Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy. Jun 2017, 16(2): 263-271.

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Italian Electoral Law: A Story of an Impossible Transition? free access

Antonia Baraggia

Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy. Jun 2017, 16(2): 272-279.

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Military Electoral Authoritarianism in Egypt free access

Sahar F. Aziz

Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy. Jun 2017, 16(2): 280-295.

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Legalizing Politics: An Evaluation of Hong Kong’s Recent Attempt at Democratization free access

Cora Chan

Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy. Jun 2017, 16(2): 296-305.

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Lessons for Sub-Saharan Africa from Kenya on Electoral Reforms: The Role and Limitations of the Law free access

Duncan Okubasu

Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy. Jun 2017, 16(2): 306-315.

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Electoral Reforms in Belgium’s Sixth State Reform: Historic Split of Electoral Constituency BHV, Reform of the Senate, and Coincident Elections free access

Jurgen Goossens

Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy. Jun 2017, 16(2): 316-324.

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Brazilian Legislators at Work: Constitutional Amendments as Electoral Strategy free access

Eneida Desiree Salgado

Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy. Jun 2017, 16(2): 325-333.

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Published on June 27, 2017
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