I read this story in the New York Times on Monday and found it both fascinating and troubling.
Here’s a brief quote:
In 1987, on the Constitution’s bicentennial, Time magazine calculated that “of the 170 countries that exist today, more than 160 have written charters modeled directly or indirectly on the U.S. version.”
A quarter-century later, the picture looks very different. “The U.S. Constitution appears to be losing its appeal as a model for constitutional drafters elsewhere,” according to a new study by David S. Law of Washington University in St. Louis and Mila Versteeg of the University of Virginia.
It’s a fascinating account. What do you make of it? Why is the U.S. Constitution less a model today than it was 25 years ago?