Constitutional Origins and Liberal Democracy: A Global Analysis, 1900–2015

@article{Negretto2021ConstitutionalOA,
  title={Constitutional Origins and Liberal Democracy: A Global Analysis, 1900–2015},
  author={Gabriel L. Negretto and Mariano S{\'a}nchez-Talanquer},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  year={2021},
  volume={115},
  pages={522 - 536}
}
A strong tradition in democratic theory claims that only constitutions made with direct popular involvement can establish or deepen democracy. Against this view, we argue that new constitutions are likely to enhance liberal democracy when they emerge through a plural agreement among political elites with distinct bases of social support. Power dispersion during constitution writing induces the adoption of institutions that protect opposition forces from the arbitrary use of executive power… 
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