Politics of Constitutional Review in Germany

Politics of Constitutional Review in Germany

by Georg Vanberg
ISBN-10:
0521111684
ISBN-13:
2900521111682
Pub. Date:
06/11/2009
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
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Overview

Politics of Constitutional Review in Germany

Constitutional courts have emerged as central institutions in many advanced democracies. This book investigates the sources and the limits of judicial authority, focusing on the central role of public support for judicial independence. The empirical sections of the book illustrate the theoretical argument in an in-depth study of the German Federal Constitutional Court, including statistical analysis of judicial decisions, case studies, and interviews with judges and legislators. The book's major finding is that the interests of governing majorities, prevailing public opinion, and the transparency of the political environment exert a powerful influence on judicial decisions. Judges are influenced not only by jurisprudential considerations and their policy preferences, but also by strategic concerns. By highlighting this dimension of constitutional review, the book challenges the contention that high court justices are largely unconstrained actors as well as the notion that constitutional courts lack democratic legitimacy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900521111682
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/11/2009
Series: Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

1. The politics of constitutional review; 2. Implementation, public support, and transparency; 3. The Federal Constitutional Court in comparative perspective; 4. Transparency and judicial deference; 5. From the inside looking out: judicial and legislative perceptions; 6. Pushing the limits: party-finance legislation and the Bundesverfassungsgericht; 7. Prudent jurists; Bibliography; Index.

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