Suriname’s Constitutional Limits

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Abstract

This chapter outlines the major forces that have shaped the constitutional development of the Republic of Suriname. These forces include the transplant of population and legal institutions during the colonial era; the post-World War II shift of the international power balance in favour of decolonizing colonies as manifested in the right to self-determination; and domestic forces, including trade unions and media, that protected the constitution from being suspended or undermined in periods of political turmoil. Based on the experience of Suriname, it is argued that constitutional development in small postcolonial societies is highly constrained due to the transplant of European legal institutions and corresponding expertise.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Caribbean Constitutions
EditorsRichard Alba, Derek O'Brien, She-sauna Wheatle
PublisherOxford, UK: Oxford University Press
Chapter9
Pages242-271
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9780191834790
ISBN (Print)9780198793045
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020

Publication series

NameOxford Handbooks
PublisherOUP

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