Toward a Theory of Constitutional Amendment

  title={Toward a Theory of Constitutional Amendment},
  author={Donald S. Lutz},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={355 - 370}
  • Donald S. Lutz
  • Published 1 June 1994
  • Law
  • American Political Science Review
Constitutional design proceeds under the assumption that institutions have predictable consequences, but modern political science has not pursued the empirical verification of these predicted consequences with much vigor. I shall attempt to link the theoretical premises underlying one important aspect of constitutional design, the amendment process, with the empirical patterns revealed by a systematic, comparative study of constitutions. An examination of all amendments in the 50 American… 

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