Constitutions: Frameworks for Pluralism?
Publication Date: November 2018
Constitutions are often central to state-building, for better or for worse. Constitutions can be the foundations for developing pluralism if they allow for inclusion and diversity in a country’s social make-up. However, constitutions can also be used to create one-dimensional visions of a country’s national identity that also exclude groups that are not part of the majority. In these ways, constitutions can serve to both ease and intensify societal tensions, but constitutional institutions and the framework of values that they contribute to are never static. In order to promote respect for diversity, maintaining an inclusive constitutional framework is an ongoing task.