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Political Constitutionalism A Republican Defence of the Constitutionality of Democracy (Hardcover)

Author:  Richard Bellamy
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0521865107
ISBN-13: 9780521865104
Sku: 204472887
Publish Date: 9/1/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9H x 6.25L x 0.75T
Pages:  270
Age Range:  NA
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Questions the effectiveness and legitimacy of rights-based judicial review by constitutional courts.
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Judicial review by constitutional courts is often presented as a necessary supplement to democracy. This book questions its effectiveness and legitimacy. Drawing on the republican tradition, Richard Bellamy argues that the democratic mechanisms of open elections between competing parties and decision-making by majority rule offer superior and sufficient methods for upholding rights and the rule of law. The absence of popular accountability renders judicial review a form of arbitrary rule which lacks the incentive structure democracy provides to ensure rulers treat the ruled with equal concern and respect. Rights based judicial review undermines the constitutionality of democracy. Its counter-majoritarian bias promotes privileged against unprivileged minorities, while its legalism and focus on individual cases distort public debate. Rather than constraining democracy with written constitutions and greater judicial oversight, attention should be paid to improving democratic processes through such measures as reformed electoral systems and enhanced parliamentary scrutiny.

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