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Constitutionalism and Impoverishment: A Complex Dynamic

Arun Thiruvengadam and Gedion Hessebon

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Law

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199578610
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199578610.013.0008

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Law

Constitutionalism and Impoverishment: A Complex Dynamic

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This article explores and ascertains the relevance and application of principles of constitutionalism for issues of impoverishment. It finds that there is a deep connection between them, and explores how constitutionalism can be — and has been — harnessed to eradicate impoverishment in meaningful ways. Through case studies, the article highlights precise ways in which the existence of deep and pervasive impoverishment poses real challenges for attaining the ideals of constitutionalism. It argues that a wider acknowledgment of this connection can lead to productive exchanges across more jurisdictions on ways in which poverty reduction can be accelerated through the use of constitutional institutions and principles.

Keywords: constitutionalism; impoverishment; poverty reduction; constitutional institutions

Article.  8977 words. 

Subjects: Law ; Comparative Law ; Constitutional and Administrative Law

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