Archive for March, 2012

A few months ago, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was discussing the drafting of a new Egyptian Constitution in Egypt, and she said that she didn’t believe that the US Constitution was the best model.  This terribly offended many commentators, as can be seen here, here, and here.

But could there be a good reason why Justice Ginsburg doesn’t think the US Constitution is a good model?  I think there is; Presidential systems do not lend themselves well to long-term stable democracies, which is the goal of a well-written Constitution.  Of course, the United States is the exception, but how well do other countries with a Presidential system fare? (more…)