By Mark Tushnet
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Contents: advent 1. Constitution-Making 2. The constructions of Constitutional assessment and a few Implications for sizeable Constitutional legislations three. The constitution of Rights research: Proportionality, ideas, and overseas legislations four. The constitution of presidency end Index
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3 Deferring issues for future resolution Recent work by Rosalind Dixon and Tom Ginsburg, as well as by Tsvi Kahana, has highlighted some structural features of substantive constitutional provisions (Ginsburg and Dixon 2011b; Kahana 2013). Constitution-writers resolve some core substantive issues but defer other, sometimes equally important, ones to the future. These deferrals come in various forms. Perhaps the most familiar is the deferral of issues to constitutional courts. The authors of the Constitution of South Africa were personally committed to the abolition of capital punishment but were not in a position politically to include abolition in the constitution.
More likely, though, the strategies seem to the judges the natural way of doing things. Notably, the “one and done” strategy requires that a politically contentious and important constitutional issue come before the constitutional court early in its existence. Under modern conditions that might be nearly 3 The standard account has been questioned by scholars who have pointed to numerous decisions between 1803 and 1857 in the which the US Supreme Court construed statutes to be constitutional after determining that, were the statutes to be construed otherwise, they would be unconstitutional, thereby interpreting the Constitution as applied to national statutes (Graber 2007; Whittington 2009).
The court serves as insurance for the party’s policies against the day when the party itself has lost office – at least if the expected tenure of the court’s judges is long enough. The insurance model just sketched deals with a transitional period, when one party sees itself about to lose office after a long period of dominance (the period being long enough for it to entrench its policies in the constitution). It has some direct empirical support (Hirschl 2004) and some indirect empirical support in the observation that constitutional courts in nations (still) dominated by a single party are rarely “activist”.