Constitutions reflect the social and political character of nations and frame their legal and political systems. Constitutional guarantees can be used to demand greater equity in the delivery of and access to basic services, to challenge discriminatory legislation and practices, and to change social norms.
The WORLD Policy Analysis Center has undertaken a unique global effort to examine in detail the civil, political, social, economic, and equal rights in all the world’s constitutions. WORLD has analyzed over 50 specific constitutional rights in the following areas:
For each of these areas, WORLD has performed a comprehensive analysis of constitutional protections of equality and non-discrimination across 14 social categories:
The maps below provide a sample of WORLD findings regarding the existence and quality of constitutional protections across social, economic, civil, and political rights.