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Rule By Law
The Politics of Courts in Authoritarian Regimes

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Tom Ginsburg, Tamir Moustafa, Anthony Pereira, Gordon Silverstein, Lisa Hilbink, Simon Fraser, Robert Barros, Beatriz Magaloni, Pierre Landry, Jennifer Widner, Peter Solomon, Hootan Shambayati, Hilton Root, Karen May, Martin Shapiro
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  • Date Published: May 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521720410

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  • 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.

    • Shows the important political roles that courts play around the world
    • Features many of the leading scholars in comparative judicial politics
    • A very diverse set of case studies, drawing on countries from China to Chile
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...succinct but authoritative...This convincing assessment is therefore an incredibly important contribution to the literature in a rather neglected subject."
    --ASIL UN21 Interest Group Newsletter [ISSUE #39: May 2009]

    "...students of law and society, comparative politics, and regime transition will value the book for both its breadth and detail."
    CHOICE, J.D. Marshall, Carthage College

    "Every chapter of this book makes an analytically sophisticated argument about authoritarianism and law. Since more than half of all states can be characterized as authoritarian or semiauthoritarian, this volume provides frames of analysis and empirical examples that can stimulate and guide future research, and move the study of judicial politics in exciting new directions.
    Perspectives on Politics, Lisa Hajjar, University of California- Santa Barbara

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    • Date Published: May 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521720410
    • length: 392 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus. 21 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Tom Ginsburg and Tamir Moustafa
    2. Of judges and generals: security courts under authoritarian regimes in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile Anthony Pereira
    3. Administrative law and judicial control of agents in authoritarian regimes Tom Ginsburg
    4. Singapore: the exception that proves rules matter Gordon Silverstein
    5. Judicial independence in authoritarian regimes: insights from Chile Lisa Hilbink
    6. Law and resistance in authoritarian states: the Egyptian case Tamir Moustafa and Simon Fraser
    7. Courts out of context: the authoritarian sources of judicial failure in Chile (1973–1990) and Argentina (1976–1983) Robert Barros
    8. An authoritarian enclave? The supreme court in Mexico's emerging democracy Beatriz Magaloni
    9. The institutional diffusion of courts in China: evidence from survey data Pierre Landry
    10. Building judicial independence in semi-democracies: Uganda and Tanzania Jennifer Widner
    11. Judicial power in authoritarian states: the Russian experience Peter Solomon
    12. Courts in a semi-democratic/authoritarian regime: the judicialization of Turkish and Iranian politics Hootan Shambayati
    13. Judicial systems and economic development Hilton Root and Karen May
    14. Courts in authoritarian regimes Martin Shapiro.

  • Editors

    Tom Ginsburg, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    Tom Ginsburg is Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Illinois. He is the author of Judicial Review in New Democracies (Cambridge University Press, 2003), which won the C. Herman Pritchett Award from the American Political Science Association for best book on law and courts in 2004. Ginsburg serves as co-director of the Comparative Constitutions Project at the University of Illinois and runs the Program in Asian Law, Politics and Society.

    Tamir Moustafa, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Tamir Moustafa is Associate Professor of International Studies and the Jarislowsky Chair in Religion and Cultural Change at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. He is the author of The Struggle for Constitutional Power: Law, Politics and Economic Development in Egypt (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and a number of articles on comparative law and society, religion and politics, and state-society relations in the Middle East.

    Contributors

    Tom Ginsburg, Tamir Moustafa, Anthony Pereira, Gordon Silverstein, Lisa Hilbink, Simon Fraser, Robert Barros, Beatriz Magaloni, Pierre Landry, Jennifer Widner, Peter Solomon, Hootan Shambayati, Hilton Root, Karen May, Martin Shapiro

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