Includes bibliographical references (pages 31-36).
Introduction -- Constitution making in Arab Spring countries -- Benefits and risks of meaningful participation -- General principles and guidelines to give citizens a meaningful voice -- Conclusion.
"In the wake of the Arab Spring, citizens across the Middle East and North Africa are demanding reforms from their governments. How these governments respond to their people and promote inclusive constitution-making processes may determine whether their new social compacts lead to a durable peace. This report draws from the work of scholars and constitution makers who have been exchanging ideas about how to ensure that modern constitutions incorporate the needs and aspirations of the citizens they are intended to govern. As the countries of the Arab Spring transition from authoritarian regimes and overcome ethnic and sectarian divisions, they can learn lessons from comparative constitution-making experiences -- including most recently that of Tunisia -- about how to achieve more consensus based social compacts and lasting peace"--Publisher's web site.
Title from title screen (viewed on February 2, 2015).