Constitutional Processes and Democratic Commitment

Donald L. Horowitz

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Enhancing prospects for democracy is an important objective in the process of creating a new constitution. Donald L. Horowitz argues that constitutional processes ought to be geared to securing commitment to democracy by those who participate in constitutional processes. Using evidence from numerous constitutional processes, he makes a strong case for a process intended to increase the likelihood of a democratic outcome. He also assesses tradeoffs among various process attributes and identifies some that might impede democratic outcomes.

Donald L. Horowitz is the James B. Duke Professor of Law and Political Science Emeritus at Duke University. Among his previous books are Constitutional Change and Democracy in Indonesia and Ethnic Groups in Conflict.

"When Don Horowitz writes something, you shoehorn it immediately into the syllabus of whatever course you're teaching.  You know you will learn something about different corners of the world, you know it will be authoritative, and you know you will be intellectually enriched.  Best of all, you know that your students will not be disappointed.  This book will be a touchstone for all of us curious about the making of constitutions."—Zachary Elkins, University of Texas at Austin
ISBN: 9780300254365
Publication Date: June 4, 2021
256 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
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