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Constitutional Change and Transformation in Latin America

Editor(s): Richard Albert, Carlos Bernal, Juliano Zaiden Benvindo
Media of Constitutional Change and Transformation in Latin America
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Published: 21-01-2021
Format: Paperback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 376
ISBN: 9781509946273
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
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About Constitutional Change and Transformation in Latin America

Over the past 30 years, Latin America has lived through an intense period of constitutional change. Some reforms have been limited in their design and impact, while others have been far-reaching transformations to basic structural features and fundamental rights. Scholars interested in the law and politics of constitutional change in Latin America are turning increasingly to comparative methodologies to expose the nature and scope of these changes, to uncover the motivations of political actors, to theorise how better to execute the procedures of constitutional reform, and to assess whether there should be any limitations on the power of constitutional amendment. In this collection, leading and emerging voices in Latin American constitutionalism explore the complexity of the vast topography of constitutional developments, experiments and perspectives in the region. This volume offers a deep understanding of modern constitutional change in Latin America and evaluates its implications for constitutionalism, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

Table Of Contents

Foreword: The Life and Death of Constitutions in Latin America: Constitutional Amendments, the Role of Courts and Democracy
Luís Roberto Barroso

Introduction: Facts and Fictions in Latin American Constitutionalism
Juliano Zaiden Benvindo, Carlos Bernal and Richard Albert

1. Constitution-Making (without Constituent) Power: On the Conceptual Limits of the Power to Replace or Revise the Constitution
Carlos Bernal
2. Continuity and Change in Latin America: The Ever-Present Authoritarianism and the Democratic Capacities of the New Latin American Constitutions
Fernando José Gonçalves Acunha
3. Constitutional Moments and Constitutional Th resholds in Brazil: Mass Protests and the 'Performative Meaning' of Constitutionalism
Juliano Zaiden Benvindo
4. Constitutional Unamendability in Latin America Gone Wrong?
Yaniv Roznai

5. The Colombian Constitutional Court's Doctrine on the Substitution of the Constitution
Juan F González-Bertomeu
6. We the People, They the Media: Judicial Review of Constitutional Amendments and Public Opinion in Colombia
Vicente F Benítez-R
7. 'Resistance by Interpretation': Supreme Court Justices as Counter-Reformers to Constitutional Changes in Brazil in the 90s
Diego Werneck Arguelhes and Mariana Mota Prado
8. The Judicial Review of Constitutional Amendments in Brazil and the Super-Countermajoritarian Role of the Brazilian Supreme Court – The Case of the 'ADI 5017'
Eneida Desiree Salgado and Carolina Alves das Chagas
9. The Role of the Chilean Constitutional Court in Times of Change
Sergio Verdugo

10. The Paradox of Mexico's Constitutional Hyper-Reformism: Enabling Peaceful Transition While Blocking Democratic Consolidation
Francisca Pou Giménez and Andrea Pozas-Loyo
11. The Political Sources of Constitutional Amendment (Non)Difficulty in Mexico
Mariana Velasco Rivera
12. Subnational Constitutionalism and Constitutional Change in Brazil: The Impact of Federalism in Constitutional Stability
Breno Baía Magalhães
13. Legislative Process and Constitutional Change in Brazil: On the Pathologies of the Procedure for Amending the 1988 Constitution
Leonardo Augusto de Andrade Barbosa
14. Transformative Constitutionalism and Extreme Inequality: A Problematic Relationship
Magdalena Correa Henao

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