Then and Now
This chapter reflects on the global influence of American constitutionalism as envisioned by the nation's founders. It considers some of the reasons why the influence of American constitutionalism was not accepted universally or why the spread of democracy was limited, including the economic status of countries seeking to make a transition, the lack of political leadership, prior exposure to democracy, and republicanism. It also comments on Andzrej Rapaczynski's claim that the influence of the U.S. Constitution on developments worldwide had been limited to presidentialism, federalism, and judicial review. Finally, it describes possible scenarios about what the future of democratic constitutionalism might be.
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