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Making a 21st Century Constitution

Playing Fair in Modern Democracies

Frank Vibert

Democratic constitutions are increasingly unfit for purpose with governments facing increased pressures from populists and distrust from citizens. The only way to truly solve these problems is through reform. Within this important book, Frank Vibert sets out the key challenges to reform, the ways in which constitutions should be revitalised and provides the standards against which reform should be measured.
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Chapter 6: Diversity and the challenge to established social practices

Frank Vibert

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This chapter continues the discussion of how democratic constitutions can address the issue of deep social differences in shared physical settings. It looks at three dimensions of difference: the spectrum of diversity; the range of effect on others; and the variety in the reaction of others to these external effects. The analysis takes a cognitive/behavioral perspective. The chapter concludes the discussion of how traditional constitutions are no longer suited to modern conditions.

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