How Do Constitutions Matter?
Written constitutions are central documents for modern governance, yet there is an enduring concern that they are mere 'parchment barriers' without independent causal efficacy. No doubt this scepticism is justified in the many countries that have struggled to create enduring and functional constitutions. In others, some parts of the constitution may matter while others do not.
What are the conditions under which constitutions work? This workshop will explore this question using a variety of empirical methods, assessing the relative significance of popular representation, constitutional rights, constitutional courts, and military involvement.
Tom Ginsburg, University of Chicago School of Law
Justin Blount, University of Illinois
Denis Galligan, University of Oxford
James Melton, IMT Lucca
Mila Versteeg, University of Virginia School of Law
Julio Rios, Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas, A.C
Jerg Guttman, University of Hamburg
Joakim Nergelius, Orebo University