The Future(s) of Constitutional Democracy?
In this panel, we discuss scenarios for how notions of liberal and constitutional democracy must change in response to changes in constitutionally exogenous factors such as climate change, advances in technology, wealth creation and increasing economic inequality, population growth and increasing urbanization, access to education. The factors are clearly interrelated. For example, liberal education led to technological advances that precipitated climate change and disrupted education in the wake of COVID. Wealth, education and technology have radically increased the power of private actors vis a vis the power of government. All of these factors precipitate changes in how democracy functions, forcing nations to rearticulate the scope and definitions of rights and liberties, and, we contend, require a reconsideration of how constitutional government can and will function in a world that will be more populated, more crowded, more unequal, and more digitally interconnected world.