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Tag: constituent power

  • Constituent Power as a Circuit of Affections

    —João Vitor Cardoso, Universidad de Chile [Editor’s Note: This is one of our ICONnect columns. For more on our 2023 columnists, see here.] This column offers a discussion about moving beyond theoretical abstractions and exploring the tangible manifestations of constituent power in real-world contexts.

  • A Call to Constituent-Power Ethnography

    —João Vitor Cardoso, Universidad de Chile** [Editor’s Note: This is one of our ICONnect columns. For more on our 2023 columnists, see here.] That ethnography is no longer the exclusive province of anthropology is undisputed. Within a wide range of disciplines that had taken ethnographic turns, there figures what Kim Lane Scheppele defines as “constitutional ethnography,” the better-off procedure to show “how constitutions constitute.”

  • Constituent Power and the Politics of Unamendability

    —Mara Malagodi, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law; Rehan Abeyratne, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law; and Ngoc Son Bui, The University of Oxford [Editors’ Note: This is one of our biweekly ICONnect columns. For more information on our four columnists for 2021, please see here.]

  • Symposium on Chilean Referendum Part II: Chile: The Constituent Dilemma

    [Editor’s Note: I-CONnect is pleased to feature a five-part symposium on the recent Chilean referendum authorizing a new constitution-making process. The symposium was organized by Professors José Francisco García and Sergio Verdugo, whose introduction is available here.] —Juan Luis Ossa, Centro de Estudios Públicos  In the early morning of November 15, 2019, most of Chile’s representatives signed an “Agreement” [Acuerdo] to find an institutional solution to the so-called “social outbreak” [estallido social].

  • “Constituent Power” and Referendums in Quebec: Instrumentalizing Sieyès?

    —Maxime St-Hilaire, Université de Sherbrooke In Quebec nationalist constitutional thinking, the holding of a referendum is sometimes explicitly connected with the (somewhat fashionably) internationally revived idea of “pouvoir constituant”. Beyond proposals for referendums on secession or on the ratification of the constitution of an independent Quebec, there are now calls for holding a referendum on the ratification or on the amendment of a desired “Constitution” for a still non-independent, but federated, Quebec, the whole resting on the idea of the “constituent power” of the “Quebec People”.

  • The Venezuelan Presidential Crisis: A Response

    —Rafael Macía Briedis, Center for Constitutional Democracy, Indiana University Maurer School of Law In a recent I-CONnect blog post, Rolando Seijas-Bolinaga makes the case for the recognition of Juan Guaidó as the sole legitimate President of Venezuela. Although I certainly agree with his conclusions as to the urgency of replacing Nicolás Maduro at the head of the Venezuelan government, and as to the constitutional viability (if only by analogy) of Guaidó’s claim under Article 233—which states that the president of the legislature shall assume the presidency of the Republic if the latter becomes vacant—, I believe that there is more nuance to the constitutional issue at play than his analysis admits.

  • The Trouble with Constituent Power in Latin America: A Reply to Joshua Braver

    —David Landau, Florida State University College of Law I would like to thank Joshua Braver for his post yesterday here at I-CONnect engaging my 2012 piece on constitution-making, and am gratified that the work is still relevant and useful for ongoing debates in Latin America and globally.

  • Putting “Abusive Constitutionalism” and Populism in Perspective

    –Joshua Braver, Tufts University The fear of “abusive constitutionalism” has set the agenda for scholarship on popular constitution-making.  It warns of the danger that “constitutional amendment and replacement can be used by would-be autocrats to undermine democracy with relative ease.”[1] The term’s author, David Landau, and fellow traveler William Partlett, are particularly wary of the invocations of the people to call illegal constituent assemblies to create new constitutions that centralize power.

  • The Oldest-Newest Separation of Powers

    —Yaniv Roznai, Senior Lecturer, Radzyner Law School, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya. Separation of powers is a basic idea within constitutional theory. The principle of separation of powers, as famously described by Montesquieu in his The Spirit of the Laws, centered around three governmental branches: legislative power, executive power and judging power; a separation that was needed for preventing abuse of power through a power-block.[1]

  • The Chilean Presidential Election and the Constituent Process

    –Alberto Coddou Mc Manus, Observatory of the Chilean Constituent Process Next Sunday, November 19, Chile will celebrate one of the most important presidential elections since the return to democracy in 1990s. According to different opinion polls, Sebastian Piñera, a right-wing millionaire, will most likely receive the highest number of votes in the first round, and face either the traditional centre-left coalition (now called Nueva Mayoría), or a new left movement called Frente Amplio, in a December 17 runoff for the presidency.