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American Constitutionalism Heard Round the World, 1776-1989A Global Perspective$
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George Athan Billias

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814791073

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814791073.001.0001

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Second Echo

Second Echo

Latin America, 1811–1900

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American Constitutionalism Heard Round the World, 1776-1989

George Athan Billias

NYU Press

This chapter examines the influence of American constitutionalism in Latin America during the years 1811–1900, the so-called second echo of American constitutionalism abroad. It begins with an overview of the common characteristics of Latin American constitutionalism and goes on to discuss the transplantation of the American models of presidentialism, federalism, and judicial review throughout Latin America. It then considers the reasons why Latin American constitutions were unstable and short lived, along with the dissemination of North American constitutional documents in Latin America. It also explores the influence of the U.S. Constitution on constitutionalism in Venezuela, Chile, Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil.

Keywords:   presidentialism, federalism, judicial review, American constitutionalism, Latin America, Latin American constitutions, constitutional documents, U.S. Constitution, Venezuela, Brazil

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