Wiki-constitutionalism is a neologism cornered by political analyst Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez in a 2010 article for The New Republic . The term describes the phenomenon in which national governments, particularly inLatin America , rewrite their constitutions completely every few years, a habit which Lansberg-Rodriguez argues usually leads to overly strengthened executives as other branches of government will lack the institutional legitimacy, memory, Relationships, and mandate necessary to govern independently. ” [1] The term itself is an amalgam of constitution and the “ever-morphing articles on the open-source database Wikipedia.” Lansberg-Rodriguez ‘ Article was later recommended for reading by the New York Times . [2]


The principal evidence cited for the existence of “Wiki-constitutionalism” is the sheer number of constitutions which have existed in Latin America when compared with other regions of the globe. The Venezuelan Republichas had its independence in 1821. Venezuela follows close behind with 26, Haiti has had 24, Ecuador 20, and Bolivia recently passed its seventeenth ” [1] and” over half of the 21 Latin American nations have had at least ten constitutions while in the rest of the world, only Thailand (17), France (16) Have reached double digits. ”

The original room is highly critical of leaders Such As Hugo Chávez , Rafael Correa and Evo Morales Who-have Allegedly Helped prolonged a self-Perpetuating Cycle of constitutional attrition by pushing new constitutions packaged with “ever-longer lists of promises and rights Alongside Greater executive functions “, [3] resulting in constitutions which are” not only the shortest-lived, but also among the longest in the world. ” [3] Bolivia’s and Ecuador’s constitutions have 411 and 444 articles, respectively, and “read like laundry lists of guaranteed rights, as well as guarantees for culture, identity, and dignity, and shorter work-weeks.” [3]


After an unauthorized and inaccurate Spanish translation of the article began in May 2010, controversy erupted in the Dominican press over Wiki-constitutionalism and whether the mention of Dominican President Leonel Fernández alongside Hugo Chávez, Rafael Correa, Evo Morales and Colombian president Álvaro Uribe as “Attempting to tear up and revised Their constitutionally mandated term limits” [3] was tantamount to an accusation de son being white was dictator . [4] [5] Ramon Morel Cerda, the head of the Supreme Electoral Council for the Dominican Republic discussed the controversy on June 7, 2010 in an opinion piece for the “Hoy” Newspaper. [6]


  1. ^ Jump up to:c Lansberg-Rodriguez, Daniel (May 25, 2010). “Wiki-Constitutionalism: The strange phenomenon that’s destroying Latin America.” . The New Republic .
  2. Jump up^ “More Recommended Reading” . The New York Times . May 27, 2010.
  3. ^ Jump up to:d Lansberg-Rodriguez, Daniel (May 26, 2010). “Wiki-Constitutionalism” . CBS News .
  4. Jump up^ “Art of the cadena CBS califica al presidente Fernández de dictador” . Panorama Diario (in Spanish). May 28, 2010.
  5. Jump up^ “The cadena CBS dice that Leonel Fernández, is a” Dictador Moderno “between a puñado de ellos” . (in Spanish).
  6. Jump up^ “Cómo to constitute a dictatorial regimen” . (in Spanish).

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