Constitutions in OECD Countries: A Comparative Study

Background Report in the Context of Chile’s Constitutional Process

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Chile has embarked on an ambitious path towards a new constitution. For all countries, drafting a new constitution or amending an existing one is a stimulating challenge, but also a demanding process from both a political and technical standpoint. This report presents the results of a benchmarking exercise conducted by the OECD of possible constitutional provisions, reflecting the experiences of OECD member countries. The components covered include economic and social rights, the system of government, multi-level governance, constitutional review, fiscal governance and the role and functioning of central banks.

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This introductory chapter presents the highlights of the relationship between Chile and the OECD. It considers the role of constitutions in modern democracies and the importance of the drafting process to foster inclusiveness and ownership of the text. Finally, it provides readers with an overview of the structure, methodology and definitions used throughout this report.

English Also available in: Spanish

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