Rule By Law: The Politics of Courts in Authoritarian Regimes

Rule By Law: The Politics of Courts in Authoritarian Regimes

by Tom Ginsburg
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521720419

ISBN-13: 2900521720419

Pub. Date: 05/08/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Scholars have generally assumed that courts in authoritarian states are pawns of their regimes, upholding the interests of governing elites and frustrating the efforts of their opponents. As a result, nearly all studies in comparative judicial politics have focused on democratic and democratizing countries. This volume brings together leading scholars in comparative

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Scholars have generally assumed that courts in authoritarian states are pawns of their regimes, upholding the interests of governing elites and frustrating the efforts of their opponents. As a result, nearly all studies in comparative judicial politics have focused on democratic and democratizing countries. This volume brings together leading scholars in comparative judicial politics to consider the causes and consequences of judicial empowerment in authoritarian states. It demonstrates the wide range of governance tasks that courts perform, as well as the way in which courts can serve as critical sites of contention both among the ruling elite and between regimes and their citizens. Drawing on empirical and theoretical insights from every major region of the world, this volume advances our understanding of judicial politics in authoritarian regimes.

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ISBN-13:
2900521720419
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/08/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
392

Table of Contents

Contributors ix

Introduction: The Functions of Courts in Authoritarian Politics Tamir Moustafa Tom Ginsburg 1

1 Of Judges and Generals: Security Courts under Authoritarian Regimes in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile Anthony W. Pereira 23

2 Administrative Law and the Judicial Control of Agents in Authoritarian Regimes Tom Ginsburg 58

3 Singapore: The Exception That Proves Rules Matter Gordon Silverstein 73

4 Agents of Anti-Politics: Courts in Pinochet's Chile Lisa Hilbink 102

5 Law and Resistance in Authoritarian States: The Judicialization of Politics in Egypt Tamir Moustafa 132

6 Courts Out of Context: Authoritarian Sources of Judicial Failure in Chile (1973-1990) and Argentina (1976-1983) Robert Barros 156

7 Enforcing the Autocratic Political Order and the Role of Courts: The Case of Mexico Beatriz Magaloni 180

8 The Institutional Diffusion of Courts in China: Evidence from Survey Data Pierre Landry 207

9 Building Judicial Independence in Semi-Democracies: Uganda and Zimbabwe Jennifer Widner Daniel Scher 235

10 Judicial Power in Authoritarian States: The Russian Experience Peter H. Solomon, Jr. 261

11 Courts in Semi-Democratic/Authoritarian Regimes: The Judicialization of Turkish (and Iranian) Politics Hootan Shambayati 283

12 Judicial Systems and Economic Development Hilton L. Root Karen May 304

13 Courts in Authoritarian Regimes Martin Shapiro 326

References 337

Index 363

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