Judicial review of direct democracy in Ecuador

This paper analyzes the scope and limits of the control of constitutionality of the mechanisms of direct democracy. After evidencing the dilemmas posed by direct democracy for a strong constitutional control system, I describe the Ecuadorian context and I further examine, based on jurisprudential analysis, the way in which the Constitutional Court has developed formal and material control of various mechanisms of democracy. Finally, I explain how constitutional control has been possible in a fragile and unstable democracy and the effects that stem from such an environment.