The Influence of the U.S. Constitution on Constitutionalism Around the Globe (Zachary Elkins - 4:38)

Professor Zachary Elkins discusses the ways in which the U.S. Constitution influenced constitutions in Latin America. He argues that some of the more widespread influences seem almost arbitrary, like the use of the title "president" for chief executives and the imposition of a minimum age requirements for the office holders. Other more structural elements are also prominent in Latin American constitutions, such as the organization of the legislature into two chambers.

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Interview recorded August 13, 2008 at The University of Texas at Austin. Interview conducted by Dr. James Henson with video production by Daniel Garza assisted by Carrie Wells and Geoff Yano. Audio post-production by Michael Heidenreich with the assistance of Sean Neesley.