Edited by Rosalind Dixon and Tom Ginsburg
Chapter 5: Constitutional revolution in the Andes?
The Andes have been the setting for apparent constitutional innovation in recent years. These reforms are noteworthy, since new ideas about constitutions seem relatively rare, at least with respect to other legal and political reform. But how transformational are the new constitutions of the so-called “pink tide” countries? And if these constitutions are not transformational, then which ones have been? This chapter considers the reforms in the context of 200 years of constitutionalism with data from the Comparative Constitutions Project. The analysis sheds light on the historical contours of institutional innovation and contributes conceptually to the understanding of constitutional transformations and “revolutions.”
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