Process and Timing

by Elias Blum

I’ve just finished a close reading of Zambia’s National Constitutional Conference Act 2007 and the Constitution of Kenya Review Act 2008.

Never let it be said that I don’t know how to have a good time.

But seriously, I’ve really started to think about questions of process more deeply. Not just the broad principles of how to structure the constitution-making process or how to balance politicians, experts, civil society, general public, international community etc, but also the real nitty-gritty of how to create and sustain the institutions of transition: How to fund constitution making bodies, how to support them, how to set up their own internal decision-making rules.

Above all, I’m thinking about how the constitution building process relates, in time and in personnel and institutions, to the wider state building process. Does the constitution come before, during or after the design of postage stamps and the setting up of embassies?