Title
Constrained, pragmatic pro-democratic appraising constitutional review courts in post-Soviet politics
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Law
Publication type
article
Publication
Subject
Law
Source (journal)
Communist and post communist studies / University of California. - -, 1993, currens
Volume/pages
43(2010) :4 , p. 409-423
ISSN
0967-067X
1873-6920
ISI
000286353600008
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This paper conceptualizes the behavior of higher courts in the politics of former Soviet republics and attempts to set up a framework for the study of democratic contributions by post-Soviet constitutional courts. Although political expediency is noted to be the central driving force behind the judges decisions in politically sensitive cases, as courts are subject to different constraints from quasi-autocratic executives, it is argued that constitutional review tribunals are generally pro-democratic in their political orientation and that they can become the allies of pro-democratic parties in transitional periods of elite change. To support this proposition, this paper proceeds from a series of theoretical arguments to empirical observation of judicial behavior in times of political uncertainty, the latter being a perfect test for probing the political orientation of the courts.
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