Menu

Whitethorn For House

Politics For All Parties

Sujit Choudhry’s Perspective on World Democracy Crises

Sujit Choudhry is a constitutional expert and advisor with over 20 years working experience. Currently, he is a professor of law at Harvard Law School. Some of the countries where he has provided expert advice on constitution building include Tunisia, South Africa, Jordan, Egypt, and Libya. He is also the director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, (constitutionaltransitions.org).

As an expert in constitutional law and global politics, Sujit mainly focuses on global issues that relate to constitutional democracy, poor leadership, politics, and constitutional interventions in a bid to address the sociopolitical conflicts.

For instance, Sujit Choudhry explains the global democracy crisis by analyzing a tweet from the former US Attorney General. Read more, see works.bepress.com.  In the tweet, the former AG seemed to suggest that by firing Bob Mueller, the president would have rendered the office of the special counsel dysfunctional. To counter such acts, Sujit welcomes peaceful demonstrations from the American public arguing that such an extreme act from the president would drive the country away from constitutionalism if it goes unopposed.

Sujit Choudhry further criticizes the efforts by some political leaders to manipulate democratic institutions to their benefit. He reveals that the traditional autocratic systems of governance are being replaced by new oppressive techniques that promote democratic failure. For instance, some political leaders have been actively developing strategies to extend their stay in power through legitimate ways. Such methods often lead to democratic failures. For instance, some politicians manipulate the people into allowing an extension of term limits and tampers with electoral systems so that they can emerge winners. Sujit posits that such trends are an indication that the world is experiencing democratic failure.

Sujit Choudhry uses Poland to illustrate how democracy is failing globally. He explains how the president successfully manipulated the various constitutional systems to ensure that he would win subsequent election cycles. The president was also able to manipulate the courts by sponsoring various amendments through parliament. The political leaders are trying to get constitutional legitimacy by organizing and executing a constitutional capture; Sujit identifies such acts as a great threat to constitutional democracy. A majority of democracies are based on constitutional democracy. With political leaders getting away with constitutional capture across the world, Sujit worries that a major democracy crisis is imminent.

Keep up with Choudhry, follow him at  https://twitter.com/sujit_choudhry

Leave a Reply