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Encoding interesting times: Managing unpredictability with vague constitutional language

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If ‘a long constitution is a (positively) bad constitution’ (Tsebelis and Nardi 2016), what specific textual elements cause the most damage? This paper presents evidence from machine reading and analysis of 644,422 words from thirty-three OECD constitutions. Findings suggest that adjectives and adverbs have the greatest effect on the interpretability of constitutional texts. Difficulties in interpretation are to the advantage of elites who can more readily pay for or fight for their preferred...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Medical Sciences Division
Oxford college:
Jesus College
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Publisher:
Political Studies Association
Host title:
67th Political Studies Association Annual International Conference (PSA 2017)
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67th Political Studies Association Annual International Conference (PSA 2017) More from this journal
Publication date:
2017-04-11
Acceptance date:
2017-02-14
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uuid:aa91d0be-c11c-41e7-9f50-7e778d706af2
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pubs:859229
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859229
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2018-06-25

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