The Comparative Constitutions Project (CCP) is directed by Zachary
Elkins (University of Texas, Department of Government) and Tom Ginsburg
(University of Chicago, Law School), in cooperation with the Cline Center for Democracy at the University of Illinois. The project is supported
by the National Science Foundation (SES 0648288).
The intent of the project is to investigate the sources and consequences
of constitutional choices. Towards this end, the investigators are
collecting data on the formal characteristics of written constitutions,
both current and historical, for most independent states since 1789.
The data will ultimately be available in its entirety to the public.
The project also sponsors a website called constitutionmaking.org to inform constitutional designers. The site features reports on the prevalence of various constitutional provisions as well as sample clauses, and a forum reporting on recent news from the world of constitutional design. In addition, the site has a searchable database of selected constitutional texts.