09 November 2015

CCAPS Releases African Constitutional Design Database

The Strauss Center’s Climate Change and Political Stability Program (CCAPS) program is excited to announce the release of its African Constiutional Design Database, which presents cross-sectional data on constitutional design across all African states, dating back to 2011. The database, compiled by Eli Poupko, was completed for the book chapter, "Africa’s Domestic Institutions of Integration and Accommodation: A New Database," in the newly released Constitutions and Conflict Management in Africa: Preventing Civil War through Institutional Designedited by Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Alan Kuperman

As explained in the book chapter, the coding is based on analysis of three separate but interrelated dimensions of institutional structure—executive, legislative, and administrative—with states coded for both de facto and de jure constitutional design. The raw data provided here parse out the various elements of constitutional design that were considered in the coding, as explained in the accompanying codebook.


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