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date: 18 August 2019

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This article explores and ascertains the relevance and application of principles of constitutionalism for issues of impoverishment. It finds that there is a deep connection between them, and explores how constitutionalism can be — and has been — harnessed to eradicate impoverishment in meaningful ways. Through case studies, the article highlights precise ways in which the existence of deep and pervasive impoverishment poses real challenges for attaining the ideals of constitutionalism. It argues that a wider acknowledgment of this connection can lead to productive exchanges across more jurisdictions on ways in which poverty reduction can be accelerated through the use of constitutional institutions and principles.

Keywords: constitutionalism, impoverishment, poverty reduction, constitutional institutions

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