Latin America, 1811–1900
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.
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