Playing Fair in Modern Democracies
Chapter 4: Obsolescence: the canonical
This chapter looks at the way constitutions try to achieve stability in rules and institutional relationships. The analysis distinguishes between instability arising from questions about consent to a regime (support failure) and instability arising from ‘performative’ failure, or unmet demands (demand failure). It describes how traditional approaches to achieving stability, such as through bicameralism or automatic checks and balances, no longer work in today’s circumstances.
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