Constitutions are at the heart of intense political struggles – from the French Revolution to the Arab Spring, demands for constitutional change were at the core. Also in stable democracies, such as Norway, constitutions are rewritten to provide a more suitable social contact and better basis for the life and development of the society. But how much of a difference do constitutions really make? This panel presents and discusses two new ambitious research projects that seek to find out.
Haakon Gjerløw (University of Oslo) will introduce a new research project directed by Carl Henrik Knutsen: “Disentangling the Economic Effects of Political Institutions”. while Ruth Rubio Marin (EUI, Florence) will introduce her work on gender and constitution-making. Other participants include Eirik Hølmøyvik, .
Chair: Daniel Brinks