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Constitutionally, a Risky Business

In the last 35 years, more than 100 countries have tried to accomplish what Iraq is trying to do: create a democratic constitution. While some countries have succeeded, many others have been stymied by ethnic and religious hatreds, differences over power divisions and deeply rooted corruption or violence. Drafting a constitution is often the first step in transforming a country to democracy, but the questions seem to be endless. Parliament or president? Centralized or decentralized authority? Ethnic and religious power-sharing or majority rule? Who can vote? What is the scope of judicial review? Is there a right to housing and jobs? And who should answer these questions? This formidable task has produced a cottage industry of constitutional consultants. Experts in areas like conflict resolution, law, development and political science have taken on the tough nuts-and-bolts work of converting high-minded ideals and aspirations into workable laws, rules and institutions. Full Story

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