Political Design for Native Hawaiians

Last night I gave a talk at the University of Hawaii at Manoa on rethinking constitution-making for the 21st century.  A variant of a talk I gave a couple of times in 2014, it was requested in response to the events that took place last month in the current efforts at Native Hawaiian constitution-making.  In short, the organizers of the current effort initially chose the conventional (as in typical practice, not a meeting) approach to designing a governance system, which they then abruptly truncated (in a very contested move) in response to the recent US Supreme Court ruling that blocked votes being counted for an election for delegates to a constitutional convention.

With respect to the constitution-making process the organizers first chose, no one who has studied constitution-making could possibly have been surprised by the choice for the conventional – and increasingly outdated – framework for designing modern governance systems.

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