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New democracies in crisis? : a comparative constitutional study of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia /

Paul Blokker.

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Author: Blokker, Paul
Vernacular: This book considers whether the potential of democracy following the end of the Cold War was diminished by technocratic, judicial control of politics in the new democracies of Central and Eastern Europe. It explores the complexities and drawbacks of modern constitutionalism by offering a comprehensive theoretical and comparative-empirical assessment of the status and role of constitutionalism in five new EU Member States. The democratization of countries in Central and Eastern Europe has been guarded by constitutions and constitutional courts. This book examines the implications of powerful courts and rigid constitutions for the democratic engagement of citizens and the political authority of politicians. Using an interdisciplinary and comparative approach, the book analyses the historical emergence of powerful constitutional institutions in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. The author argues that the democratic promise of 1989 largely lost out to a technocratic and top-down view of judicial control of politics 0 � a state of affairs reinforced by EU accession. The current backlash in countries such as Hungary and Romania indicates that the realization of democratization to the extent initially expected might be ever more remote in some new democracies -- Provided by Publisher.
Published: London : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2014.
Series: Routledge advances in European politics ; 99.
Topics: Constitutional law - Europe, Eastern. | Constitutional law - Europe, Central. | Post-communism - Europe, Eastern. | Post-communism - Europe, Central. | Droit constitutionnel. | Etats constitutionnels. | UE/CE Elargissement. | UE/CE Etats membres. | Postcommunisme. | Démocratisation. | Européanisation. | Analyse comparative. | Demokratie. | Postkommunismus. | Verfassungspolitik.
Regions: Europe, Eastern - Politics and government - 1989- | Europe, Central - Politics and government - 1989- | République tchèque. | Hongrie. | Pologne. | Roumanie. | Slovaquie. | Europe, Central. | Europe, Eastern. | Polen. | Rumänien. | Slowakei. | Tschechische Republik. | Ungarn.
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