The Impact of Constitutional Replacements on the Quality of Democracy in Latin America
Orestas Strauka
Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Lithuania
Published 2020-12-28


Constitutional replacement
Latin America
Quality of Democracy
Fuzzy-set Qualitative Comparative Analysis
New Constitutionalism

How to Cite

Strauka O. (2020). The Impact of Constitutional Replacements on the Quality of Democracy in Latin America. Politologija, 99(3), 93-128.


The article aims to evaluate whether and how constitutional replacements influence the quality of democracy in Latin American countries. The fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis method is applied while analysing 18 Latin American countries. The objective of the article- nine new constitutions that are assigned to the new constitutionalism period. The results reveal that constitutional replacements are neither sufficient nor necessary condition for quality of democracy. On the contrary, the parsimonious solution shows that quality of democracy can be explained by both high levels of education and inversion of constitutional replacements and inversion of constitutional replacements, institutionalised party system and non-homogeneous society. Inversion of quality of democracy analysis indicated that constitutional replacements, together with other conditions, form sufficient conditions for inversion of quality of democracy.


Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Please read the Copyright Notice in Journal Policy