Constitutional Transitions has recently published give working papers on specific challenges that confront constitution-makers in new democracies. The papers in “Meeting the Challenges of Emerging Constitutional Democracy” are intended primarily as a resource for practitioners working in the field in countries undergoing constitutional transition and in new democracies where efforts are being made to consolidate the transition to democracy, but will be of use to scholars working on these issues.

The five papers in this series address challenges relating to the protection of minority rights in culturally diverse societies, whether meaningful electoral democracy can be achieved without a political party system, the advantages and dangers of semi-presidential government in the post-authoritarian context, and the creation of constituent or sub-national territorial units in federal systems. The paper addressing the last of these challenges is supplemented by two data-rich annexes, and because of its consequent length is accompanied by a shorter “practitioners manual”.

The papers in the series are: