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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 11: Constitutions and common knowledge of the new actors

Frank Vibert

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This chapter first discusses the typically ‘ill-structured’ setting for public policy management. Secondly, it considers different approaches to better structuring of the setting. This involves the segmentation and compartmentalization of tasks and parallel processing between loosely connected organizations. From the perspective of democratic organization, it requires that constitutions provide common knowledge of all the new actors with authority and their arenas.

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