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Theoretical Framework and Research Design

Arthur Benz

in Constitutional Policy in Multilevel Government

Published in print July 2016 | ISBN: 9780198786078
Published online September 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780191827754 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198786078.003.0002

Series: Transformations In Governance

Theoretical Framework and Research Design

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Beginning with a discussion of the state of research, this chapter outlines the theoretical framework guiding the comparative study on constitutional change. In contrast to theories on institutional or policy change and veto-players theory, this framework emphasizes agenda setting and negotiations on amendment proposals. It suggests looking at the whole process of constitutional policy-making. While external conditions like economic crises, pressure from interest organizations or party politics are not neglected, the way constitutional negotiations are framed and organized is accentuated as the most significant condition affecting the outcome of constitutional policy. Moreover, formal (explicit) and informal (implicit) constitutional change are considered as closely linked processes contributing to the dynamics of change Finally, the chapter provides information on the design of the empirical research and explains the selection of cases compared in the study.

Keywords: constitutional change; institutional change; policy change; negotiations; veto-players theory

Chapter.  17820 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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