This quantity is a truly attention-grabbing study venture that incorporates the main cautious paintings on constitutional energy and bounds to authority of which i'm conscious. commonly, the participants locate that constitutional negotiations ordinarily happened in settings the place uncertainty was once substantial. in addition they locate that the extra distinctive the characterization of strength relationships, the extra liberal and sturdy the democracy has a tendency to be.

This ebook addresses the difficulty of the effect of uncertainty in constitutional layout. To what quantity do structure drafters and adopters make their judgements at the back of a veil of lack of awareness? extra essentially, do we infer from constitutional texts the measure of uncertainty confronted via structure drafters and adopters? After an creation (chapter 1), the e-book proceeds in components. the 1st half (chapters 2 to four) introduces to the highbrow filiation of the undertaking and to its theoretical and methodological foundations. the second one half (chapters five to thirteen) offers 9 case experiences equipped at the comparable constitution: ancient account of the making of the structure, result of the content material research of the constitutional textual content, and dialogue of particular concerns raised within the research. bankruptcy 14 concludes.

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45 46 47 48 See Lijphart, “The Power-sharing Approach,” in Conflict and Peacemaking in Multiethnic Societies, ed. Joseph v. Montville (Lexington: Lexington Books, 1991), 491-509; “Multiethnic Democracy,” in The Encyclopedia of Democracy 3, ed. Seymour Martin Lipset (London: Routledge: London, 1995) 853-865; Lijphart, “The Puzzle of Indian Democracy”; Lijphart, “The Wave of Power-Sharing Democracy,”; Lijphart “The Evolution of Consociational Theory and Consociational Practices, 1965-2000,”Acta Politica 37 (2002): 11-22; Lijphart “Constitutional Design for Divided Societies,” Journal of Democracy 15 (2004): 96-109.

Review and Critique of the Literature on Consociational Democracy In 1977, he maintains that this model is a serious alternative in fragmented societies to the Westminster model or majoritarian democracy, which, in contrast to consociational democracy, is characterized by one-party governments, centralized power, a disproportional electoral system and majority rule. 49 Both examples, in his opinion, reveal that the model can be transposed to other societies even if many conditions are unfavorable.

61 The names of interviewed Lebanese politicians and political scientists remain in this study anonymous so as to protect the privacy of individuals who do not wish to make some statements public because of the sensitive connotations these statements might call forth. 34 Introductory Overview In order to evaluate these interviews, I have synthesized long transcripts so as to come up with a coherent pattern that allows me to compare different political discourses and analytical outlooks. These interviews were particularly helpful for filling in analytical gaps especially after the 2004 turnabout, for critical literature on Lebanon’s evolution after this point is limited.

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