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- DescriptionJudicial review is increasingly prevalent in modern democratic government. Yet, with unelected judges reviewing - and potentially overturning - the work of the people's representatives, it also has long been, in Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes' words, 'the gravest and most delicate' task that courts undertake. This book establishes a framework to consider the value of judicial review in modern democracy, grouping answers to this question into one of three main arguments, or 'visions' for judicial review: legalist; rights-protecting; and majoritarian. The strength of these visions is then tested with an original dataset of constitutional court outcomes from four European courts - Poland, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, and Latvia - to determine whether any vision meets its promise. In fact, there is surprising support for the potentially majoritarian benefits of judicial review - a finding that challenges much of our existing theory regarding the value of the courts in modern democracy.
- Author BiographyBenjamin Bricker is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. He received his PhD from Washington University in St Louis and his JD from the University of Illinois.
- Author(s)Benjamin Bricker
- PublisherECPR Press
- Date of Publication22/01/2016
- SubjectLaw: General & Reference
- Place of PublicationColchester
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintECPR Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight272 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine10 mm
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