Sujit Choudhry and Tom Ginsburg have edited Constitution Making, published by Edward Elgar Press.
The making of constitutions is both ubiquitous and poorly understood. It is ubiquitous because constitutions are a central feature of the modern nation-state, but do not generally last very long. It is poorly understood in part because of the sheer diversity of environments in which constitutions are produced. Constitutions play many different functions and roles: political bargains, social contracts, sources of benefits for interest-groups, devices for the protection of fundamental rights, embodiments of core values, and signals to external actors.
Constitution Making collects some of the most important academic contributions on constitution-making. Focusing on a set of important case studies, yet also featuring classic articles on the subject, this volume is a critical assembly of theoretical literature. Ensuring wide geographic and historical coverage, and including an original introduction by the editors, this collection provides an essential overview of the myriad of circumstances in which constitutions can be made.