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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Constitutional Endurance

Juliano Zaiden Benvindo

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 29 November 2020

Subject(s):
Constitutional history — Effectiveness — Reasonableness — Constitutional design — Legitimacy

Published under the direction of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law.
General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 Constitutional endurance refers to the life expectancy of a constitution, ie, how long it lasts between its adoption and its replacement by a new constitution. In this regard, it slightly differs from the concept of constitutional resilience, which is normally associated with the capacity of a constitution to fend off attacks on its structure and principles. Both concepts, however, go hand in hand since constitutions that prove themselves not resilient are also prone to replacement. In other words, all other things held constant, constitutions that both feature...
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