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Collaborative Research Projects


The Comparative Constitutions Project (CCP) is directed by Zachary Elkins (University of Texas) and Tom Ginsburg (University of Chicago).  The project produces comprehensive data about the world’s constitutions in order to understand the origins and consequences of constitutional choices, and to assist those revising constitutions.
Comparative Constitutions ProjectSince the project’s launch in 2005, the CCP has collected and analyzed thousands of constitutional texts, and produced a series of datasets that the researchers update continually.   In 2013, CCP partnered with Google Ideas (now Jigsaw) to create Constitute, a website that contains a richly indexed set of texts for nearly every national constitution in the world.

Since January 2013, Innovations for Peace and Development has provided a space for interdisciplinary, policy-relevant research on global conflict and peacebuilding, foreign aid, and  poverty alleviation at the University of Texas at Austin. IPD democratizes engagement in academic research and policy work for students at all stages of their university education, with particular emphasis on the recruitment and training of women and underrepresented groups. IPD students learn valuable skills, ranging from geographic information system (GIS) mapping to randomized experimental methods, as they work on collaborative research teams and manage their own projects.


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