Iceland: Five lessons from failed experiment in creating a crowdsourced constitution


By Hélène Landemore, 1 August 2014
Courtesy of Tanya Hart/Flickr
Iceland’s experiment in redrafting its constitution has challenged the assumption that a constitutional process is always exclusive and opaque. Above, Reykjavik in April 2013. Courtesy of Tanya Hart/Flickr
Who should write the constitution of a democratic country and, indeed, any country? The answer seems obvious: its people. Yet the constitutions of existing states, including democratic ones, have usually been written by small, rather unrepresentative subsets of individuals. Solon is supposed to have...
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