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Constitutional Courts And Deliberative Democracy

Author : Conrado Mendes
ISBN : 9780199670451
Genre : Law
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It is often argued that courts are better suited for impartial deliberation than partisan legislatures, and that this capacity justifies handing them substantial powers of judicial review. This book provides a thorough analysis of those claims, introducing the theory of deliberative capacity and its implications for institutional design.

Carl Schmitt S State And Constitutional Theory

Author : Benjamin Schupmann
ISBN : 9780192509314
Genre : Law
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Can a constitutional democracy commit suicide? Can an illiberal antidemocratic party legitimately obtain power through democratic elections and amend liberalism and democracy out of the constitution entirely? In Weimar Germany, these theoretical questions were both practically and existentially relevant. By 1932, the Nazi and Communist parties combined held a majority of seats in parliament. Neither accepted the legitimacy of liberal democracy. Their only reason for participating democratically was to amend the constitution out of existence. This book analyses Carl Schmitt's state and constitutional theory and shows how it was conceived in response to the Weimar crisis. Right-wing and left-wing political extremists recognized that a path to legal revolution lay in the Weimar constitution's combination of democratic procedures, total neutrality toward political goals, and positive law. Schmitt's writings sought to address the unique problems posed by mass democracy. Schmitt's thought anticipated 'constrained' or 'militant' democracy, a type of constitution that guards against subversive expressions of popular sovereignty and whose mechanisms include the entrenchment of basic constitutional commitments and party bans. Schmitt's state and constitutional theory remains important: the problems he identified continue to exist within liberal democratic states. Schmitt offers democrats today a novel way to understand the legitimacy of liberal democracy and the limits of constitutional change.

The Cambridge Handbook Of Deliberative Constitutionalism

Author : Ron Levy
ISBN : 9781108307796
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Deliberative democratic theory emphasises the importance of informed and reflective discussion and persuasion in political decision-making. The theory has important implications for constitutionalism - and vice versa - as constitutional laws increasingly shape and constrain political decisions. The full range of these implications has not been explored in the political and constitutional literatures to date. This unique Handbook establishes the parameters of the field of deliberative constitutionalism, which bridges deliberative democracy with constitutional theory and practice. Drawing on contributions from world-leading authors, this volume will serve as the international reference point on deliberation as a foundational value in constitutional law, and will be an indispensable resource for scholars, students and practitioners interested in the vital and complex links between democratic deliberation and constitutionalism.

Casebook Verfassungsrecht

Author : Ingo Richter
ISBN : 340647523X
Genre : Constitutional law
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Designing Democracy

Author : Cass R. Sunstein
ISBN : 0195158407
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A fresh examination of constitutionalism is presented by one of the nation's most respected legal scholars.

Der Staat Als Sittlicher Staat

Author : Ernst Wolfgang Böckenförde
ISBN : 3428042549
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Die Gegen Demokratie

Author : Pierre Rosanvallon
ISBN : 3868549250
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Verteidigung Der Demokratie

Author : Hans Kelsen
ISBN : 3161488466
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English summary: Hans Kelsen (1881-1973) was not only the founder of the pure theory of law, but also contributed extensively to the theory of democracy and representative government. He was the most prominent defender of parliamentary democracy in German and Austrian constitutional theory in the twentieth century. A leading authority in democratic theory, Kelsen established and justified democracy and representative government with both individual liberty and social pluralism. This explains the continuing interest in his writings. They still address the problems of our times and advocate an individual theory of democracy which accepts political pluralism and social diversity as a natural basis for a democratically established legal order instead of trying to overcome social pluralism. His writings on democracy, however, are not yet as accessible as his writings on jurisprudence. This volume contains a representative selection of Kelsen's most important writings on democracy and parliamentarism. Some texts are well known, others have not yet earned their due respect. Kelsen's articles collected in this volume were written between 1920 and 1955 under five different political regimes. Thus the collection also demonstrates the development of Kelsen's thinking on democracy. The editors' critical introduction gives an overview of Kelsen's thinking in general and the most important aspects of his theory of democracy in particular. German description: Hans Kelsen (1881-1973) kommt der Rang eines Klassikers in der Rechtstheorie zu, zunehmend aber auch in der Demokratie- und Pluralismustheorie. Kelsens Demokratietheorie unterscheidet sich grundlegend von der in Deutschland uberreprasentierten Abbild-Theorie rousseauistischer Provenienz. Seine Verteidigung der Demokratie liefert ein neues erkenntnis- und staatstheoretisches Fundament der Demokratie auf der Basis der individuellen Freiheit, des sozialen Pluralismus und des philosophischen Relativismus. Aufgrund dieser Verwurzelung erweist sich Kelsens Ansatz in der Gegenwart als in besonderem Masse anschlussfahig. Der hier vorgelegte Band enthalt eine reprasentative Auswahl von Kelsens wichtigsten demokratietheoretischen Schriften. Einige Texte sind auf deutsch seit langem vergriffen, andere waren bisher nur schwer zuganglich bzw. unbekannt. Der Band umfasst Abhandlungen, die zwischen 1920 und 1955 und unter funf unterschiedlichen Systemen entstanden sind: Deutsch-Osterreich, Weimarer Republik, Nationalsozialismus, Emigration, USA. Dadurch ermoglicht er auch, die werkimmanente Entwicklung von Kelsens Demokratietheorie zu verfolgen. Eine Einleitung der Herausgeber fuhrt in das Werk Kelsens und die wichtigsten Aspekte seiner Demokratietheorie ein. Ein Sach- und Personenregister ermoglicht den direkten und problemorientierten Zugriff auf die Texte.

Voices At Work

Author : Alan Bogg
ISBN : 9780191505669
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This edited collection is the culmination of a comparative project on 'Voices at Work' funded by the Leverhulme Trust 2010 - 2013. The book aims to shed light on the problematic concept of worker 'voice' by tracking its evolution and its complex interactions with various forms of law. Contributors to the volume identify the scope for continuity of legal approaches to voice and the potential for change in a sample of industrialised English speaking common law countries, namely Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, and USA. These countries, facing broadly similar regulatory dilemmas, have often sought to borrow and adapt certain legal mechanisms from one another. The variance in the outcomes of any attempts at 'borrowing' seems to demonstrate that, despite apparent membership of a 'common law' family, there are significant differences between industrial systems and constitutional traditions, thereby casting doubt on the notion that there are definitive legal solutions which can be applied through transplantation. Instead, it seems worth studying the diverse possibilities for worker voice offered in divergent contexts, not only through traditional forms of labour law, but also such disciplines as competition law, human rights law, international law and public law. In this way, the comparative study highlights a rich multiplicity of institutions and locations of worker voice, configured in a variety of ways across the English-speaking common law world. This book comprises contributions from many leading scholars of labour law, politics and industrial relations drawn from across the jurisdictions, and is therefore an exceedingly comprehensive comparative study. It is addressed to academics, policymakers, legal practitioners, legislative drafters, trade unions and interest groups alike. Additionally, while offering a critique of existing laws, this book proposes alternative legal tools to promote engagement with a multitude of 'voices' at work and therefore foster the effective deployment of law in industrial relations.

Where Our Protection Lies

Author : Dimitrios Kyritsis
ISBN : 9780199672257
Genre : Law
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In this book Dimitrios Kyritsis advances an original account of constitutional review of primary legislation for its compatibility with human rights. Key to it is the value of separation of powers. When the relationship between courts and the legislature realizes this value, it makes a stronger claim to moral legitimacy. Kyritsis steers a path between the two extremes of the sceptics and the enthusiasts. Against sceptics who claim that constitutional review is an affront to democracy he argues that it is a morally legitimate institutional option for democratic societies because it can provide an effective check on the legislature. Although the latter represents the people and should thus be given the initiative in designing government policy, it carries serious risks, which institutional design must seek to avert. Against enthusiasts he maintains that fundamental rights protection is not the exclusive province of courts but the responsibility of both the judiciary and the legislature. Although courts may sometimes be given the power to scrutinize legislation and even strike it down, if it violates human rights, they must also respect the legislature's important contribution to their joint project. Occasionally, they may even have a duty to defer to morally sub-optimal decisions, as far as rights protection is concerned. This is as it should be. Legitimacy demands less than the ideal. In turn, citizens ought to accept discounts on perfect justice for the sake of achieving a reasonably just and effective political order overall.

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