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The Endurance of National Constitutions
Constitutions are supposed to provide an enduring structure for politics. Yet most die at a young age, and we estimate the average life expectancy to be only 19 years. Why is it that someExpand
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Does the Process of Constitution-Making Matter?
Constitution-making is a ubiquitous but poorly understood phenomenon. There is much speculation but relatively little evidence about the impact of different design processes on constitutionalExpand
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The Unreluctant Litigant? An Empirical Analysis of Japan’s Turn to Litigation
This paper analyzes the rapid increase in civil litigation in Japan during the 1990s in light of existing theories of Japanese litigiousness. Using a unique set of prefecture‐level data, itExpand
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International Substitutes for Domestic Institutions: Bilateral Investment Treaties and Governance
This paper concerns the increasing use of international commitment devices by developing countries. These devices include bilateral investment treaties, international arbitration, and multilateralExpand
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Constitutional Afterlife: The Continuing Impact of Thailand's Postpolitical Constitution
Thailand's constitution of 1997 introduced profound changes into the country's governance, creating a “postpolitical” democratic structure in which an intricate array of guardian institutions servedExpand
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Constitutional Specificity, Unwritten Understandings and Constitutional Agreement
This short book chapter explores the determinants of constitutional specificity. Treating constitutional texts as coordination devices, it predicts that demand for specificity will increase as aExpand
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The Content of Authoritarian Constitutions
“What is the difference,” went an old joke in the Soviet Union, “between the Soviet and U.S. Constitutions? The Soviet Constitution guarantees freedom of speech; the U.S. Constitution guaranteesExpand
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Guarding the Guardians: Judicial Councils and Judicial Independence
This Article uses comparative evidence to inform the ongoing debate about the selection and discipline of judges. In recent decades, many countries around the world have created judicial councils,Expand
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Getting to Rights: Treaty Ratification, Constitutional Convergence, and Human Rights Practice
This Article examines the adoption of rights in national constitutions in the post-World War II period in light of claims of global convergence. Using a comprehensive database on the contents of theExpand
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