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Theory of Constitutional Politics

Alec Stone Sweet

in Governing with Judges

Published in print February 2000 | ISBN: 9780198297710
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601095 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198297718.003.0007
Theory of Constitutional Politics

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The book's main findings are integrated into a theory of the dynamics of constitutional politics. Politicization and judicialization are expected to be found taking place together, and the conditions under which one produces the other are spelt out, both at the normative macro‐level and the strategically driven micro‐level. The analytically distinct features of the four stages that comprise this circular path are examined individually. In the final evaluation, the techniques of constitutional adjudication are argued to tend to diffuse; therefore, governing with judges also means governing like judges.

Keywords: judicialization; politicization

Chapter.  4170 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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