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The Constitutional Experiment in Iceland: The Future that Failed?

With the return of the two political parties that hold the responsibility for the Icelandic economic collapse of 2009 back into political power, the bottom-up constitutional experiment that started in the crisis’ wake faces an uphill struggle. The general elections … Continue reading

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Italy: in a democratic and constitutional crisis?

Italian democracy is in a prolonged state of exception. The elections of February this year have failed to decisively break with a period of technocratic politics and paralysis of party-based representative democracy that initiated a year and a half ago … Continue reading

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Citizens’ constitution difficult to ignore with Icelandic referendum results

A new draft constitution – written by a citizen-based Constitutional Council – was consigned to the Icelandic Parliament in July 2011, and has ever since been awaiting further action (see my post of 16 January 2012). The Constitutional Council responsible … Continue reading

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Romanian Constitutionalism: Form without Content?

Romanian constitutional democracy is once again experiencing a period of great turmoil. In the early 2000s, Romanian democracy seemed to get closer to the idea of a Rechtsstaat and the rule of law, and what in general could be called … Continue reading

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Grassroots Constitutional Politics in Iceland

Iceland has recently embarked on an experimental form of constitution-making from below. Iceland is in this a rare – in distinct ways probably unique – example of a popular or citizen-driven constitutionalism. This participatory approach in many ways challenges core … Continue reading

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This blog is a platform to express some of my concerns on politics in the contemporary world, not least regarding the predicament of modern democracy. I am particularly keen on exploring the possibilities for and status of civic participation, forms of resistance, dissent, … Continue reading

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