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Democratizing Constitutional Law

Perspectives on Legal Theory and the Legitimacy of Constitutionalism

Paperback Engels 2018 9783319803371
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This volume critically discusses the
relationship between democracy and constitutionalism. It does so with a view to
respond to objections raised by legal and political philosophers who are
sceptical of judicial review based on the assumption that judicial review is an
undemocratic institution. The book builds on earlier literature on the moral
justification of the authority of constitutional courts, and on the current
attempts to develop a system on “weak judicial review”. Although different in
their approach, the chapters all focus on devising institutions, procedures
and, in a more abstract way, normative conceptions to democratize
constitutional law. These democratizing strategies may vary from a radical
objection to the institution of judicial review, to a more modest proposal to
justify the authority of constitutional courts in their “deliberative
performance” or to create constitutional juries that may be more aware of a
community’s constitutional morality than constitutional courts are.  The book connects abstract theoretical
discussions about the moral justification of constitutionalism with concrete
problems, such as the relation between constitutional adjudication and
deliberative democracy, the legitimacy of judicial review in international
institutions, the need to create new institutions to democratize
constitutionalism, the connections between philosophical conceptions and
constitutional practices, the judicial review of constitutional amendments, and
the criticism on strong judicial review.


Uitgever:Springer International Publishing


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I Challenging and Defending Judicial
Review.- 1. Randomized Judicial Review; Andrei Marmor.- 2. On the Difficulty to
Ground the Authority of Constitutional Courts: Can Strong Judicial Review be
Morally Justified?; Thomas Bustamante.- 3. The Reasons without Vote: The
Representative and Majoritarian Function of Constitutional Courts; Luís Roberto
Barroso.- II Constitutional Dialogues and Constitutional Deliberation.- 4.
Decoupling Judicial Review From Judicial Supremacy; Stephen Gardbaum.- 5. Scope
and limits of dialogic constitutionalism; Roberto Gargarella.- 6. A Defence of
a Broader Sense of Constitutional Dialogues based on Jeremy Waldron's Criticism
on Judicial Review; Bernardo Gonçalves Fernandes.- III Institutional Alternatives
for Constitutional Changes.- 7. New Institutional Mechanisms for Making Constitutional
Law; Mark Tushnet.- 8. Democratic Constitutional Change: Assessing
Institutional Possibilities; Christopher Zurn.- 9. The Unconstitutionality of
Constitutional Changes in Colombia: a Tension between Majoritatian and
Constitutional Democracy; Gonzalo Ramírez Cleves.- IV Constitutional Promises
and Democratic Participation.- 10. Is there such thing as a radical constitution?;
Vera Karam de Chueiri.- 11. Judicial reference to community values - A pointer
towards constitutional juries?; Eric Ghosh.- V Legal Theory and Constitutional
Interpretation.- 12. Common Law Constitutionalism and the Written Constitution;
Wil Waluchow and Katharina Stevens.- 13. On how law is not like chess – Dworkin
and the theory of conceptual types; Ronaldo Porto Macedo Júnior.


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