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Creating a Constitution: Law, Democracy, and Growth in Ancient Athens

Federica Carugati


We live in an era of constitution-making. More than half of the world's constitutions have been drafted in the past half-century. Yet, one question still eludes theorists and practitioners alike: how do stable, growth-enhancing constitutional structures emerge and endure? This book argues that ancient Athens offers a unique laboratory for exploring this question. Because the city-state was reasonably well-documented, smaller than most modern nations, and simpler in its institutional makeup, the case of Athens reveals key factors of successful constitution-making that are hard to flesh out in m ... More

Keywords: ancient Athens, constitution-making, constitutions, shared values, institutional structure, regulatory mechanisms, political development, economic development

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691195636
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691195636.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Federica Carugati, author
Stanford University