Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Quick lesson on comparative constitutions

I know the headline suggests a comparison of democracies, but the real topic is a comparison of constitutions. The comparison might offer a quick and easy way to introduce the concept of constitution/basic law/rule of law, etc.

Mixed Results for Mideast Democracy
A constitution is supposed to be a set of governing principles around which citizens can unite and peacefully build a democratic state. Tunisia is providing a constructive path to this goal. Egypt is not. Sadly, Egypt is on the verge of enacting a Constitution that would effectively legitimize last year’s coup and further enable the kind of authoritarian system that the 2011 revolution was intended to displace...

The Second Edition of What You Need to Know: Teaching Tools is now available from the publisher

The Fifth Edition of What You Need to Know is also available from the publisher.


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