CCAPS is pleased to announce that the research of its Constitutional Design and Conflict Management (CDCM) project has recently been published as a book by the University of Pennsylvania Press, Constitutions and Conflict Management in Africa: Preventing Civil War Through Institutional Design, edited by Alan Kuperman.
In Course Module No. 2, CCAPS researcher Alan Kuperman addresses a longstanding debate between academics and policymakers regarding two opposing strategies of constitutional design—accommodation and integration. Kuperman argues that both constitutional designs can produce stability, but they must be implemented properly.
In an article published in Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy, Alan Kuperman explores whether constitutional reform could reduce political instability and violence in Africa. The project recommends promoting gradual reform of Africa's centralized constitutional designs by counter-balancing them with liberal institutions.