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Chile’s got a strong constitution

Adam Oxford
Adam Oxford
2020-10-08

As someone who has moved from a country without a written constitution to one with the Best In The World (TM), I find these national declarations of values and laws to be fascinating. Yet although they designed as a positioning statement to bind a country together for lifetimes to come, the average constitution has a short lifespan – probably less than 20 years. By these standards, then, Chile’s genetive document is incredibly resilient. There have been no less than 1009 Bills passed through the parliament to try to change it, of which just 6% were successful. Fernando Becerra has visualised ’em all here.

Adam Oxford
  • Adam Oxford is a freelance journalist, media consultant and civic tech enthusiast. He also works closely with startups developing solutions to access to justice problems.

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