Two steps forward, one step back: the Nepal peace process
Publication date: 
2017
Accord issue: 
Issue 26

Agreement on a new constitution has been a key objective of the Nepali peace process and a measure of progress on inclusion. Krishna Hachhethu explores the trajectory of constitution-making during the first and second Constituent Assemblies (2008-2012; 2013-2015), leading to the agreement of the 2015 Constitution. Over this period, Hachhethu argues that traditional parties have managed to regain their influence from new political forces, and that ultimately the new formal decision-making architecture of the Consituent Assemblies has not been able to contain the influence of traditional, informal political bargaining and negotiation.