Democratization and the Judiciary: The Accountability Function of Courts in New Democracies

1st Edition

Roberto Gargarella, Siri Gloppen, Elin Skaar

Published February 26, 2004
Reference - 220 Pages
ISBN 9780714684499 - CAT# RU33988
Series: Democratization Studies

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This title examines the political role of courts in new democracies in Latin America and Africa, focusing on their ability to hold political power-holders accountable when they act outside their constitutionally defined powers. The book also issues a warning: there are problems inherent in the current global move towards strong constitutional government, where increasingly strong powers are placed in the hands of judges who themselves are not made accountable.


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