Judicial Independence in the Age of Democracy: Critical Perspectives from Around the World

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Peter H. Russell, David M. O'Brien
University of Virginia Press, 2001 - Law - 325 pages
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This collection of essays by leading scholars of constitutional law looks at a critical component of constitutional democracy--judicial independence--from an international comparative perspective. Peter H. Russell's introduction outlines a general theory of judicial independence, while the contributors analyze a variety of regimes from the United States and Latin America to Russia and Eastern Europe, Western Europe and the United Kingdom, Australia, Israel, Japan, and South Africa. Russell's conclusion compares these various regimes in light of his own analytical framework.


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Peter H. Russell, Professor of Political Science Emeritus at the University of Toronto, is author of seven books on the judiciary, constitutional issues, and democracy.

David M. O'Brien, Leone Reaves and George W. Spicer Professor at the University of Virginia, is author of numerous publications, including Storm Center: The Supreme Court in American Politics.

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