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Libro destacado: "Redrafting Constitutions in Democratic Regimes", profesor Gabriel Negretto

Growing public discontent with the performance and quality of many contemporary democracies makes them vulnerable to popular pressures to profoundly transform or replace their constitutions. However, there is little systematic academic discussion on the legal and political challenges that these events pose to democratic principles and practices. This book, a collaborative effort by legal scholars and political scientists, analyzes these challenges from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective. It fills a theoretical vacuum by examining the possibility that constitutions might be replaced within a democratic regime, while exploring the conditions under which these processes are more compatible or less compatible with democratic principles. It also calls attention to the real-world political importance of the phenomenon, because recent episodes of constitutional redrafting in countries including Kenya, Poland, Venezuela and Hungary suggest that some aspects of these processes may be associated with either the improvement or the gradual erosion of democracy.


  • Explores the relationship between representative and participatory channels of citizen involvement in democratic constitutional rewrites

  • Links constitutional change to current problems of democratization

  • Offers a conceptual roadmap to help scholars and general readers understand the main features and challenges of democratic constitutional replacements

Redrafting Constitutions in Democratic Regimes Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives

EDITOR: Gabriel L. Negretto, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

Contributors: Gabriel L. Negretto, Joel Colón-Ríos, William Partlett, David Landau, Ana María Bejarano, Renata Segura, Solongo Wandan, Tom Ginsburg, Christina Murray, Thorvaldur Gylfason


1. Introduction: new constitutions in democratic regimes Gabriel L. Negretto

Part I. Conceptual, Normative, and Empirical Issues:

2. Constitution making through law Joel Colón-Ríos

3. Expanding revision clauses in democratic constitutions William Partlett

4. Courts and constitution making in democratic regimes: a contextual approach David Landau

5. Replacing constitutions in democratic regimes: elite cooperation and citizen participation Gabriel L. Negretto

Part II. Case Studies:

6. The difference power diffusion makes: explaining divergent outcomes in Colombia (1990–1991) and Venezuela (1998–1999) Ana María Bejarano and Renata Segura

7. Procedural rules and majoritarian politics in Poland (1993–1997) and Hungary (2010–2011) Gabriel L. Negretto and Solongo Wandan

8. Thailand's democratic moment: the 1997 constitution Tom Ginsburg

9. Political elites and the people: Kenya's decade-long constitution-making process Christina Murray

10. The anatomy of constitution making: from Denmark in 1849 to Iceland in 2017 Thorvaldur Gylfason.