We talk a lot about rules and procedures, the more formal and formalistic dimensions of contemporary democratic governance. Arguably, informal spaces such as those studied in a recently published article by Philip Norton, are equally important, if not more so, as they reveal key aspects of what political scientists call “political culture,” which must include … More On design and informal space
Excerpts below from an article by Zachary Elkins on Medium. The Joy of Politics posted a note on Constitute in June 2017. One nagging challenge in Constitutional design is how to involve citizens in the drafting process in a meaningful way. One traditional role for citizens is to review and approve the proposed text by … More Draft constitutions in comparative perspective
Let’s say that you are called upon to design a new state. Those of us who live in democracies engage in this sort if activity more frequently than we realize, whenever we amend our constitution or vote in a referendum. Where do we start? Google has an answer. It’s called Constitute. It works, too, according … More Drafting your own constitution: where to start
If you read the international news with any degree of frequency you will find stories about the design of political systems more often than you might have anticipated. For instance, in Britain in 2011 the government held a referendum on changing the electoral regime used in parliamentary elections. The referendum failed. More recently, in Greece, … More Design matters: what’s at stake?