Rule of Law The Politics of Courts in Authoritarian Regimes

ISBN-10: 0521720419

ISBN-13: 9780521720410

Edition: 2008

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Description: Scholars have generally assumed that courts in authoritarian states are pawns of their regimes, upholding the interests of governing elites and frustrating the efforts of their opponents. As a result, nearly all studies in comparative judicial politics have focused on democratic and democratizing countries. This volume brings together leading scholars in comparative judicial politics to consider the causes and consequences of judicial empowerment in authoritarian states. It demonstrates the wide range of governance tasks that courts perform, as well as the way in which courts can serve as critical sites of contention both among the ruling elite and between regimes and their citizens. Drawing on empirical and theoretical insights from every major region of the world, this volume advances our understanding of judicial politics in authoritarian regimes.

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Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/8/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144

Tamir Moustafa is Associate Professor of International Studies and Jarislowsky Chair in Religion and Cultural Change at Simon Fraser University. His research stands at the intersection of comparative law and courts, religion and politics,and state-society relations, all with a regional focus on the Middle East. He was the recipient of the Edward S. Corwin Award for the Best Dissertation in Public Law from the American Political Science Association (2004) and the Best Dissertation Award from the Western Political Science Association (2004).

Contributors
Introduction: The Functions of Courts in Authoritarian Politics
Of Judges and Generals: Security Courts under Authoritarian Regimes in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile
Administrative Law and the Judicial Control of Agents in Authoritarian Regimes
Singapore: The Exception That Proves Rules Matter
Agents of Anti-Politics: Courts in Pinochet's Chile
Law and Resistance in Authoritarian States: The Judicialization of Politics in Egypt
Courts Out of Context: Authoritarian Sources of Judicial Failure in Chile (1973-1990) and Argentina (1976-1983)
Enforcing the Autocratic Political Order and the Role of Courts: The Case of Mexico
The Institutional Diffusion of Courts in China: Evidence from Survey Data
Building Judicial Independence in Semi-Democracies: Uganda and Zimbabwe
Judicial Power in Authoritarian States: The Russian Experience
Courts in Semi-Democratic/Authoritarian Regimes: The Judicialization of Turkish (and Iranian) Politics
Judicial Systems and Economic Development
Courts in Authoritarian Regimes
References
Index
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