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Why the making of a crowd-sourced Constitution in Iceland failed

by Björg Thorarensen

The process of constitutional rewriting in Iceland in 2010-2013 was an unprecedented event in modern constitutional democracies as a way of introducing new political and democratic processes. It reflected attempts to come to terms with the consequences of the collapse of the Icelandic banks in 2008 and widespread distrust towards the political parties in Iceland. In June 2010, the Icelandic Parliament, Althingi, passed Act No. 90/2010 establishing a consultative Constitutional Assembly, with the task of revising the constitution.

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