Judicial Institutions

James L. Gibson

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Institutions

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548460
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Judicial Institutions

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This article considers the state of the literature on courts and the judicial process. It highlights the emerging literature on judicial independence and accountability, and aims to identify important research questions. Judicial decision-making, the legitimacy of judicial institutions, and judicial independence versus democratic accountability are also covered in this article.

Keywords: literature; courts; judicial process; judicial independence; accountability; judicial decision-making; legitimacy; judicial institutions; democratic accountability

Article.  9390 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Regional Political Studies ; Comparative Politics

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