james melton
Lecturer, Department of Political Science
Researcher, Constitution Unit
University College London

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

Phone:
U.K.: +44-(0)20-7679-4991

Mailing Address:
The Rubin Building
University College London
29/30 Tavistock Square
London, WC1H 9QU
UNITED KINGDOM

Publications

  • "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

  • "Do Constitutional Rights Matter?: The Relationship between De Jure and De Facto Human Rights Protection."
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  • "Credibly Committing to Property Rights: The Roles of Reputation, Institutions, and the Constitution."
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  • "Does De Jure Judicial Independence Really Matter?: A Reevaluation of Explanations for Judicial Independence." (with Tom Ginsburg)
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  • "The Content of Authoritarian Constitutions" (with Zachary Elkins and Tom Ginsburg)
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  • "Constitutional Constraints on Executive Lawmaking." (with Zachary Elkins and Tom Ginsburg)
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  • "Constitutional Amendment Procedures: A Summary and Critique of Existing Measures"
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Newsletters and Other Publications

  • "U.S. Gun Rights Are Truly American Exceptionalism." 2013. Bloomberg View. (with Zachary Elkins and Tom Ginsburg)
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  • "A Review of Iceland's Draft Constitution." 2013. ConstitutionMaking.org. (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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    Associated Working Papers
     
    –"Measuring Indifference: A Validity Test of Several Commonly Used Measures." (Chapter 3)
     
    –"Understanding the Effects of Alienation and Indifference on Voter Turnout through the Lens of    Habitual Voting." (Chapter 5)

Research Experience and Interests