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Whither constitutions in 2011?

The turning of the year provides an opportunity to look back at 2010 and ahead at 2011. One of the big themes in 2010 was executive attempts to extend their stay in office: we observed various strategies in Georgia, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and elsewhere. Indeed, in the final week of the year, three countries’

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Published on January 2, 2011
Author:          Filed under: hp, Sudan, term limits, Tom Ginsburg
 
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New Constitution for the US?

The Revolutionary Communist Party has issued a new draft constitution for the Socialist Republic of North America. Only the preamble is available on the website; those interested in learning more will have to buy the book. The preamble itself, full of anachronistic language, is over 2700 words long, which would, according to a recent paper

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Published on November 11, 2010
Author:          Filed under: constitutional change, hp, Tom Ginsburg, United States
 
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Georgia’s constitutional amendments move forward

Georgia’s parliament votes today on the second reading of proposed constitutional amendments that will reduce presidential powers and increase the power of the prime minister as well as those of the parliament. The president, however, will remain directly elected, and will have some role in oversight. Several years ago, constitutional amendments were criticized for concentrating

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Published on October 1, 2010
Author:          Filed under: Georgia, hp, Tom Ginsburg
 
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New USIP volume on constitution-making

Those interested in constitutional design should take a look at the new volume from the US Institue of Peace, Framing the State in Times of Transition: Case Studies in Constitution Making. The volume features 19 case studies of constitution-making, including well-known cases like Afghanistan and Iraq, and more obscure cases ranging from Albania to Zimbabwe.

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Published on September 20, 2010
Author:          Filed under: constitutional politics, hp, Tom Ginsburg
 
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Turkey’s reforms

I’d be very interested to learn more from any readers in Turkey about the passage of the constitutional amendments in yesterday’s referendum. My thumbnail view is that Turkey was ahead of the game in 1982 when it adopted a “post-political” constitution, in which democratic institutions were constrained by a series of guardian institutions, including the

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Published on September 13, 2010
Author:          Filed under: hp, referenda, Tom Ginsburg, Turkey
 
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Moldova fails to fix political system

It appears that Sunday’s referendum in Moldova failed to generate enough voter interest to fix the country’s political impasse. Europe’s smallest country has been unable to elect a president for a year, and now faces parliamentary dissolution and new elections. The story begins in 2000, when the 1994 Constitution was amended to replace the directly

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Published on September 6, 2010
Author:          Filed under: hp, Moldova, Tom Ginsburg
 
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Iraqi constitutional failure and external enforcement?

A couple years ago, my co-authors and I published an examination of constitutions drafted under foreign Occupation. We wanted to ask whether constitutions drafted under such circumstances differ in quality and endurance from other constitutions (the answers were generally not). But we also identified a theoretical problem with such constitutions. In general, one feature of

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Published on August 27, 2010
Author:          Filed under: hp, iraq, Tom Ginsburg
 
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Kenya says yes

With over half of ballots counted, it looks like Kenya’s constitution will indeed be approved by the public. Consistent with pre-referendum polls, the yes position seems to have well over 60% of public support. Remarkably, and surprisingly to many observers, the campaign before the referendum was carried out in a generally peaceful manner. Perhaps this

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Published on August 5, 2010
Author:          Filed under: hp, Kenya, Tom Ginsburg
 
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Georgian President seeks new draft

Georgian President Saakashvili on Wednesday submitted to parliament a draft of a new constitution that would limit the power of the presidency. The opposition has opposed the move, and some speculate that Saakashvili is “pulling a Putin”: empowering a prime ministership for himself to occupy once his term ends. This is a perverse side effect

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Published on July 22, 2010
Author:          Filed under: Georgia, hp, term limits, Tom Ginsburg
 
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and Kyrgyz Republic passes the Constitution

Vote-counting is well under way in Kyrgyzstan. With 90% of precints counted, news reports indicate over 90% support for the new Constitution. No doubt this will be seen as a vote of confidence in the interim Otunbayeva government. Russia’s President Medvedev expressed skepticism about the ability of the parliamentary system to resolve Krgyzstan’s difficulties, including

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Published on June 28, 2010
Author:          Filed under: hp, Kyrgyzstan, Tom Ginsburg