Democracy and the Rule of Law

Edited by Jose Maria Maravall - Adam Przeworski

Democracy and the Rule of Law

Edited by Jose Maria Maravall, Adam Przeworski

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Series: Cambridge Studies in the Theory of Democracy

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Format: Paperback / softback

Publication date: 21 July 2003

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ISBN: 0521532663 ISBN 13: 9780521532662

Democracy and the Rule of Law

Addresses why governments sometimes follow the law and other times choose to evade the law. Top page

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This book addresses the question of why governments sometimes follow the law and other times choose to evade the law. The traditional answer of jurists has been that laws have an autonomous causal efficacy: law rules when actions follow anterior norms; the relation between laws and actions is one of obedience, obligation, or compliance. Contrary to this conception, the authors defend a positive interpretation where the rule of law results from the strategic choices of relevant actors. Rule of law is just one possible outcome in which political actors process their conflicts using whatever resources they can muster: only when these actors seek to resolve their conflicts by recourse to la, does law rule. What distinguishes 'rule-of-law' as an institutional equilibrium from 'rule-by-law' is the distribution of power. The former emerges when no one group is strong enough to dominate the others and when the many use institutions to promote their interest. Top page

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Publisher & Imprint: Cambridge University Press

City: Cambridge

Pages: 334

More info: height 228 mm width 152 mm weight 490 gr thickness 19 mm

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Age recommended: Professional and scholarly

Subject Indexing & Classification Dewey:(DC21) 321.8 Library of Congress Subject: JC423 Democracy

Departments: Political science & theory; Political structures: democracy; Comparative law;

Record updated at: 25 July, 2014 time: 13:09

Summary Democracy and the Rule of Law Part I: 1. Lineages of the rule of law; 2. Power, rules, and compliance; 3. Obedience and obligation in the Rechtsstaat; 4. The political foundations of democracy and the rule of law; 5. Why do political parties obey results of elections?; Part II: 6. The majoritarian reading of the 'rule of law'; 7. How can the rule of law rule? Cost imposition through decentralized mechanisms; 8. Dictatorship and the rule of law: rules and military power in Pinochet's Chile; Part III: 9. Courts as instruments of horizontal accountability: the case of Latin Europe; 10. Rule of democracy and rule of law; 11. The rule of law as a political weapon; 12. The question of the rule of law in Michel de Montaigne's Essais. Top page

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