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Publication date: 23 May 2017

Sarah Fisher and Florian Justwan

The purpose of this paper is to detail a simulation exploring the academic and real-world debates surrounding constitutional design.

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The purpose of this paper is to detail a simulation exploring the academic and real-world debates surrounding constitutional design.

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The authors deployed this simulation in different contexts: undergraduate courses in comparative politics and middle school classrooms of gifted students in India.

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In conjunction with discussion of institutional setup, such as parliamentary vs presidential systems and judicial review vs parliamentary sovereignty, the students were required to design a new constitution for a fictional country that just overthrew a brutal dictator. Throughout the simulation, the students were assigned to be the representatives of a particular ethnic group, each with distinct interests to be represented during the constitutional convention.

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The authors detail the learning objectives and simulation setup for this constitutional convention. Finally, the authors discuss some issues raised by the students during the simulation.

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Social Studies Research and Practice, vol. 12 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1933-5415

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Publication date: 30 September 2020

Linda M. Hooks

This chapter explores the political economy of banking in Texas at the turn of the last century. The empirical work sheds light on why Texans voted to allow the chartering…

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This chapter explores the political economy of banking in Texas at the turn of the last century. The empirical work sheds light on why Texans voted to allow the chartering of banks by the state government. The evidence shows that county-level voting patterns for state-chartered banks were significantly related to business interests, consumer interests, agricultural activity, and the presence of existing national banks. The work also shows that the first counties to receive the new state banks were associated with higher agricultural activity, larger population size, and the presence of existing national banks. By examining the vote and the location of early entrants in state banking, this chapter contributes to the literature exploring the historical development of state-chartered banking and the dual-banking system in the US.

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Research in Economic History
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-83909-179-7

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Publication date: 13 April 2021

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Political Identification in Europe: Community in Crisis?
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-83982-125-7

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Publication date: 30 April 2018

George R. Goethals

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Realignment, Region, and Race
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ISBN: 978-1-78743-791-3

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Publication date: 20 August 2012

Emily Zackin

One of the most dramatic controversies over judicial independence in the United States occurred at the state level, in antebellum Kentucky, when two entirely different…

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One of the most dramatic controversies over judicial independence in the United States occurred at the state level, in antebellum Kentucky, when two entirely different state high courts remained in operation, each claiming to be the only legitimate tribunal. This chapter describes Kentucky's two-court crisis, but focuses primarily on the constitutional convention of 1849, which followed it. Through the lens of modern scholarship about judicial independence, the lessons that antebellum Kentuckians drew from their own history seem quite counterintuitive. They did not view their project of judicial design as a matter of balancing judicial independence with accountability, a task that many modern scholars of American politics have posited as the central problem of judicial design. Instead, Kentucky's constitutional convention sought to structure an institution that would allow the state's courts to respond to popular sentiment without compromising their independence. Thus, these debates suggest frameworks for understanding judicial independence that do not pit independence against judicial accountability or popular politics, but attempt to discern which forms of politics threaten the independence of courts, and which forms may not.

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Special Issue: The Discourse of Judging
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ISBN: 978-1-78052-871-7

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Documents from the History of Economic Thought
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ISBN: 978-0-7623-1423-2

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Publication date: 5 July 2021

CHILE: Constitutional convention raises uncertainties

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DOI: 10.1108/OXAN-ES262569

ISSN: 2633-304X

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Publication date: 1 June 2021

However, mining companies are warning that bills before Congress and possible changes under a new constitution to be drawn up by a recently elected constitutional

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DOI: 10.1108/OXAN-DB261811

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Publication date: 11 January 2021

The debate over constitutional reform will be enlivened by the upcoming election of a constituent convention in Chile on the same day as the Peruvian elections.

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DOI: 10.1108/OXAN-DB258675

ISSN: 2633-304X

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Publication date: 11 November 2020

Graham Hassall

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Government and Public Policy in the Pacific Islands
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ISBN: 978-1-78973-616-8

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