"Constitutional Promises" and Repressive Reality: A Cross-National Time- Series Investigation of Why Political and Civil Liberties are Suppressed

  title={"Constitutional Promises" and Repressive Reality: A Cross-National Time- Series Investigation of Why Political and Civil Liberties are Suppressed},
  author={Christian Davenport},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={627 - 654}
  • C. Davenport
  • Published 1 August 1996
  • Law
  • The Journal of Politics
I investigate whether or not national constitutions provide any insight into when states use political repression. Specifically, three constitutional provisions are identified: (1) what political and civil rights are mentioned explicitly, (2) what emergency powers are mentioned, and (3) what restrictions are placed on these two factors. I then examine how each of these provisions affect the use of censorship and political restrictions on 39 countries from 1948 to 1982, with a pooled cross… 

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