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Book Launch: Constitutional Origin and Norm Creation in Colombia. Discursive Institutionalism and the Empowerment of the Constitutional Court

News vom 29.04.2022

Jan Boesten will be presenting his book—Constitutional Origin and Norm Creation in Colombia. Discursive Institutionalism and the Empowerment of the Constitutional Court (London: Routledge 2022)in Colombia. 

Taking the case of the Colombian Constitutional Court and drawing on neoinstitutional theory to explain the relationship between political crisis and institutional reforms, the book challenges the notion of rational choice institutionalism that agents act strategically. It indicates the limits of path dependence and argues instead that discursive institutionalism is the most appropriate method for analyzing processes of institutional learning. Combining theoretical and empirical research, it builds the argument that judicial independence promotes the case for deliberative democracy over rational choice or strategic action approaches. Finally, the book suggests that by introducing communicative and cognitive variables in our understanding of key actors and processes, we are more capable of bridging institutional origin and legacy.

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