Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law

Tag: Democratic Decline

  • The Courts Respond to Executive Tyranny in Sri Lanka

    –Mario Gomez, Executive Director, International Centre for Ethnic Studies (Sri Lanka); previously Lecturer at the University of Colombo The final three months of 2018 were challenging times for constitutional resilience and order in Sri Lanka. Almost four years since the peaceful political transition of 2015, the country plunged into a constitutional crisis when President Sirisena purported to sack Prime Minister Wickremesinghe on October 26, replacing him with former President Rajapakse.

  • Are Constitutional Democracies Really in Crisis?

    —Mark Tushnet, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Harvard Law School It may seem churlish for one of the co-editors of the recently published Constitutional Democracies in Crisis? (with Mark Graber and Sanford Levinson) to raise questions about what readers might take to be the book’s basic conceptualization, that we are experiencing a widespread crisis for constitutional democracy.