Unamendability is a growing constitutional trend. But is it compatible with democratic values? Does unamendability force future generations into a necrocracy, the ‘dead hand’ grip of those that wrote the constitution? Does it place too much power in the hands of the judiciary? Can institutions face modern democratic challenges without the flexibility to amend the nation's constitution?
A constitution is supposed to reflect the values of a society at a given time. An unamendable constitution binds future generations to past values, thereby reducing their democratic influence.
Democracy to necrocracy
Forcing future generations to be governed by the 'dead hand' of their founding fathers drags a democracy into a necrocracy.
The judicial branch holds all the power
The judicial branch becomes a legislative gatekeeper by effectively interpreting a dated constitution and applying that interpretation to modern legislation.
When the electorate cannot achieve constitutional reform through democratic means, they are more likely to pursue violent means of political change.