james melton
Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics
Department of Political Science
University College London

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E-mail:
j.melton@ucl.ac.uk

Phone:
U.K.: +44 20-7679-4991

Mailing Address:
The Rubin Building
University College London
29/31 Tavistock Square
London, WC1H 9QU
UNITED KINGDOM

Publications

  • "Constitute: The World's Constitutions to Read, Search, and Compare." 2014. Journal of Web Semantics. Forthcoming. (with Zachary Elkins, Tom Ginsburg, Robert Shaffer, Juan F. Sequeda and Daniel Miranker)
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  • "Does De Jure Judicial Independence Really Matter? A Reevaluation of Explanations for Judicial Independence." 2014. Journal of Law and Courts. 2.2: 187-217. (with Tom Ginsburg)
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  • "The Content of Authoritarian Constitutions." 2014. In Constitutions in Authoritarian Regimes. Eds. Tom Ginsburg and Alberto Simpser. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 141-164. (with Zachary Elkins and Tom Ginsburg)
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  • "Constitutions and the Management of Elections." 2014. In Advancing Electoral Integrity. Eds. Pippa Norris, Richard W. Frank and Ferran Martinez I Coma. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 94-117. (with Svitlana Chernykh, Zachary Elkins and Tom Ginsburg)
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  • "On the Interpretability of Law: Lessons from the Decoding of National Constitutions." 2012. British Journal of Political Science. 43.2: 399-423. (with Zachary Elkins and Tom Ginsburg)
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  • "Comments on Law and Versteeg, The Declining Influence of the U.S. Constitution." 2012. NYU Law Review. 87.6: 2088-2101. (with Zachary Elkins and Tom Ginsburg)
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  • "Do Executive Term Limits Cause Constitutional Crises ." 2012. In Comparative Constitutional Design. Ed. Tom Ginsburg. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 350-380. (with Zachary Elkins and Tom Ginsburg)
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  • "On the Evasion of Executive Term Limits." 2011. William and Mary Law Review . 52.6: 1807-1872. (with Zachary Elkins and Tom Ginsburg)
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  • The Endurance of National Constitutions. 2009. Cambridge: Cambridage University Press. (with Zachary Elkins and Tom Ginsburg)
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  • "Baghdad, Tokyo, Kabul,...: Constitution Making in Occupied States." 2008. William & Mary Law Review. 49: 1139-1178. (with Zachary Elkins and Tom Ginsburg)
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Working Papers

  • "Does the Constitutional Amendment Rule Matter at All? Amendment Cultures and the Challenges of Measuring Amendment Difficulty." (with Tom Ginsburg)
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  • "Credibly Committing to Property Rights: The Roles of Reputation, Institutions, and the Constitution."
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  • "Constitutional Constraints on Executive Lawmaking." (with Zachary Elkins and Tom Ginsburg)
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Newsletters and Other Publications

  • "Norway's Enduring Constitution: Implications for Countries in Transition." 2014. International IDEA. (with Tom Ginsburg)
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  • "U.S. Gun Rights Are Truly American Exceptionalism." 2013. Bloomberg View. (with Zachary Elkins and Tom Ginsburg)
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  • "Lessons from the Decoding and Coding of National Constitutions." 2011. APSA-CD Newsletter. 9.1: 2, 11-14. (with Zachary Elkins and Tom Ginsburg)
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  • "Military Occupations and Their Constitutional Residual." 2008. APSA-CP Newsletter. 19.1: 7-10. (with Zachary Elkins and Tom Ginsburg)
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  • "Measuring Culture and Cultural Change." 2003. Res Publica. 8: 119-150.
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Dissertation

  • Do Parties Ideological Positions Matter? The Effects of Alienation and Indifference on Individuals' Turnout Decisions. 2009.
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