This paper advances a conception of quasi-constitutionalism, consisting of far-reaching but legally unenforceable constraints and limits on the power of political majorities in areas such as economic policy, foreign relations, and social policy.
The paper argues that European Union accession has strengthened quasi-constitutional constraints on the political process in Bulgaria.
This policy brief, published in conjunction with the University of Warwick Politics of Papua Project, presents 14 recommendations for the United Kingdom and the international community to help bring an end to the political and constitutional conflict in the West Papua Region of Indonesia.
Populists challenge liberal constitutionalism by claiming to put the ordinary citizen in the centre of the political system, while reducing the powers of the ‘enemies of the people’. Sociologist Prof Paul Blokker argues that populists reduce democratic legitimacy, and asks: Why have populists found it so easy to radically change constitutional institutions and norms, and what can we do about it?
From post-conflict Iraqi federalism to the decentralist teachings of the World Bank in the developing world, comparative federalism has found increasingly vibrant applications in practice, particularly in the writing of federal constitutions for post-conflict societies. In its applied form, New Institutionalism prescribes instant constitutional solutions which fail to account for the more problematic uncodified factors.
One of the driving principles behind the contemporary populist vision of democracy is to no longer respect legal boundaries and constitutional constraints to the so-called ‘will of the people’.
Through analysis of the contemporary Italian political situation, this policy brief addresses a number of critical constitutional strains caused by populism, including: