The Global Spread of Constitutional Review: An Empirical Analysis


The past few decades have witnessed a sweeping trend towards constitutional review. This trend is arguably one of the most important phenomena in late 20 th and early 21 st century government. Yet, it poses an important puzzle of political economy. Why would self-interested governments willingly constrain themselves by constitutional means? What explains the global move towards judicial supremacy? While different theories have been proposed in the literature, none of them have been systematically tested against each other using quantitative empirical methods.

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@inproceedings{Ginsburg2012TheGS, title={The Global Spread of Constitutional Review: An Empirical Analysis}, author={Tom Ginsburg and M. N. Versteeg and Christopher W. Clapp and Leah Fiddler and Adriana Garc{\'i}a and Megan H. O’Neill}, year={2012} }