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Constitution Making

Edited by Sujit Choudhry, Dean and I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley, Law School and Tom Ginsburg, Leo Spitz Professor of International Law, University of Chicago Law School, US
Constitution making is a topic of increasing scholarly and practical interest. Focusing on a set of important case studies, yet also featuring classic articles on the subject, this volume is a critical assembly of theoretical literature. Ensuring wide geographic and historical coverage, and including an original introduction by the editors, this collection provides an essential overview of the myriad of circumstances in which constitutions can be made.
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  • Law - Academic
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
Constitution making is a topic of increasing scholarly and practical interest. Focusing on a set of important case studies, yet also featuring classic articles on the subject, this volume is a critical assembly of theoretical literature. Ensuring wide geographic and historical coverage, and including an original introduction by the editors, this collection provides an essential overview of the myriad of circumstances in which constitutions can be made.
‘The spate of constitution making around the world in recent decades has encouraged a wealth of academic writing. This useful book brings together some of the most well-known pieces, in addition to a selection from earlier times. The collection covers many of the issues that arise in the course of making a new constitution and canvasses experiences with constitution making in states in different regions of the world including the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.’
– Cheryl Saunders, Melbourne Law School, Australia
26 articles, dating from 1949 to 2014
Contributors include: A. Arato, N. Brown, J. Elster, Y. Ghai, V. Hart, D. Horowitz

Contents:

Introduction
Sujit Choudhry and Tom Ginsburg

PART I THEORY
A Interest, Reason and Passion
1. Jon Elster (1995), ‘Forces and Mechanisms in the Constitution-Making Process’, Duke Law Journal, 45, 364–96

2. Nathan J. Brown (2008), ‘Reason, Interest, Rationality, and Passion in Constitution Drafting’, Perspectives on Politics, 6 (4), December, 675–89
B Modalities of Drafting: Legislatures, Conventions, Constituent Assemblies and Roundtables
3. Jon Elster (2006), ‘Legislatures as Constituent Assemblies’, in Richard W. Bauman and Tsvi Kahana (eds), The Least Examined Branch: The Role of Legislatures in the Constitutional State, Part 3, Chapter 9, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 181–97

4. Andrew Arato (2012), ‘Conventions, Constituent Assemblies, and Round Tables: Models, Principles and Elements of Democratic Constitution Making’, Global Constitutionalism, 1 (1), 173–200

5. Donald L. Horowitz (2002), ‘Constitutional Design: Proposals Versus Processes’, in Andrew Reynolds (ed.), The Architecture of Democracy: Constitutional Design, Conflict Management, and Democracy, Chapter 1, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 15–36, references
C Drafting and Constitutional Transitions?
6. Sujit Choudhry (2010), ‘After the Rights Revolution: Bills of Rights in the Postconflict State’, Annual Review of Law and Social Science, 6, 301–22
7. Yash Ghai and Guido Galli (2006), ‘Constitution-building Processes and Democratization: Lessons Learned’, in Democracy, Conflict and Human Security: Further Readings, Section 6, Stockholm, Sweden: International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, 232–49

8. Zachary Elkins, Tom Ginsburg and James Melton (2008), ‘Baghdad, Tokyo, Kabul . . . : Constitution Making in Occupied States’, William and Mary Law Review, 49, 1139–78

9. Gabriel L. Negretto (2012), ‘Replacing and Amending Constitutions: The Logic of Constitutional Change in Latin America’, Law and Society Review, 46 (4), December, 749–79

10. Hanna Lerner (2010), ‘Constitution-writing in Deeply Divided Societies: The Incrementalist Approach’, Nations and Nationalism, 16 (1), January, 68–88

D Participation and Expertise
11. Vivien Hart (2003), ‘Democratic Constitution Making’, United States Institute of Peace, Special Report 107, July, 1–12

12. Tom Ginsburg, Zachary Elkins and Justin Blount (2009), ‘Does the Process of Constitution-Making Matter?’, Annual Review of Law and Social Science, 5, 201–23

13. Yash Ghai (2005), ‘A Journey around Constitutions: Reflections on Contemporary Constitutions’, South African Law Journal, 122 (4), 804–31
PART II CASE STUDIES
A Regional Accounts
14. David Landau (2013), ‘Constitution-Making Gone Wrong’, Alabama Law Review, 64 (5), 923–80

15. Jon Elster (1993), ‘Constitution-Making in Eastern Europe: Rebuilding the Boat in the Open Sea’, Public Administration, 71 (1/2), March, 169–217
B Country Experiences
16. Jack N. Rakove (1996), ‘The Politics of Constitution-Making’, in Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution, Chapter 4,New York, NY, USA: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 57–93, notes

17. Keith S. Rosenn (2010), ‘Conflict Resolution and Constitutionalism: The Making of the Brazilian Constitution of 1988’, in Laurel E. Miller and Louis Aucoin (eds), Framing the State in Times of Transition: Case Studies in Constitution Making, Chapter 16,Washington, DC, USA: United States Institute of Peace Press, 435–66

18. Nathan J. Brown (2013), ‘Tracking the “Arab Spring”: Egypt’s Failed Transition’, Journal of Democracy, 24 (4), October, 45–58

19. Carl J. Friedrich (1949), ‘Rebuilding the German Constitution, I’, American Political Science Review, XLIII (3), June, 461–82

20. Carl J. Friedrich (1949), ‘Rebuilding the German Constitution, II’, American Political Science Review, XLIII (4), August, 704–20

21. Granville Austin (1966), ‘The Constituent Assembly—Microcosm in Action’ and ‘Conclusion—Comments on a Successful Constitution’, in The Indian Constitution: Cornerstone of a Nation, Chapter 1 and Chapter 13, Oxford, UK: Clarendon Press, 1–25, 308–30, appendices, bibliography
22. Zaid Al-Ali (2014), ‘Creating a New Political Order’, in The Struggle for Iraq’s Future: How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism have Undermined Democracy’, Chapter 3, New Haven, CT, London, UK: Yale University Press, 75–102, endnotes

23. Beate Sirota Gordon (1997), ‘The Equal Rights Clause’, in The Only Woman in the Room: A Memoir, Chapter 5, Tokyo, Japan, New York, NY, USA and London, UK: Kodansha International, 103–25

24. Christina Murray (2013), ‘Kenya’s 2010 Constitution’, Neue Folge Band Jahrbuch des öffentlichen Rechts, 61, 747–88

25. Hassen Ebrahim and Laurel E. Miller (2010), ‘Creating the Birth Certificate of a New South Africa: Constitution Making after Apartheid’, in Laurel E. Miller and Louis Aucoin (eds), Framing the State in Times of Transition: Case Studies in Constitution Making, Chapter 5, Washington, DC, USA: United States Institute of Peace Press, 111–57

26. Andrea Bonime-Blanc (2010), ‘Constitution Making and Democratization: The Spanish Paradigm’, in Laurel E. Miller and Louis Aucoin (eds),Framing the State in Times of Transition: Case Studies in Constitution Making, Chapter 15, Washington, DC, USA: United States Institute of Peace Press, 417–32

27. Devra C. Moehler (2006), ‘Participation and Support for the Constitution in Uganda’, Journal of Modern African Studies, 44 (2), June, 275–308

Index