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The Resource Democracy's guardians : a history of the German Federal Constitutional Court, 1951-2001, Justin Collings

Democracy's guardians : a history of the German Federal Constitutional Court, 1951-2001, Justin Collings

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Democracy's guardians : a history of the German Federal Constitutional Court, 1951-2001
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Democracy's guardians
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a history of the German Federal Constitutional Court, 1951-2001
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Justin Collings
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eng
Summary
In its six-decade history, the German Federal Constitutional Court has become one of the most powerful and influential constitutional tribunals in the world. It has played a central role in the establishment of liberalism, democracy, and the rule of law in post-war West Germany, and it has been a model for constitutional tribunals in many other nations. The Court stands virtually unchallenged as the most trusted institution of the German state. Written as a complete history of the German Federal Constitutional Court from its founding in 1951 up into the twenty-first century, this book explores how the court became so powerful, and why so few can resist its strength. Founded in 1951, the Court took root in a pre-democratic political culture. The Court's earliest contributions were to help establish liberal values and fundamental rights protection in the young Federal Republic. The early Court also helped democratize West German politics by reinforcing rights of speech and information, affirming the legitimacy of parliamentary opposition, and checking executive power. In time, as democratic values took hold in the country at large, the Court's early role in nurturing liberalism and democracy led many West Germans to view the Court not as a constraint on democracy, but as a bulwark of democracy's preconditions. In later decades, the Court played a stabilizing role - mediating political conflicts and integrating societal forces. Citizens disenchanted with partisan politics looked to the Court as a guardian of enduring values and a source of moral legitimacy. Through a comprehensive narrative of the Court's remarkable rise and careful analysis of its periodic crises, the work carefully dissects the success of the Court, presenting not only a traditional work of legal history, but a public history - both political and societal - as well as a doctrinal and jurisprudential account. Structured around the Court's major decisions from 1951 to 2001, the book examines popular and political reactions to those decisions, drawing heavily on newspaper accounts of major judgments and material from the archives of individual politicians and judges. The result is an impressive case study of the global phenomenon of constitutional justice.--
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Collings, Justin
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347.43035
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Constitutional courts
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Democracy's guardians : a history of the German Federal Constitutional Court, 1951-2001, Justin Collings
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FIEb17763046
Dimensions
25 cm.
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xlii, 331 pages
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9780198753377
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rdamedia.
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  • (Uk)017444085
  • (OCoLC)908373863
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Democracy's guardians : a history of the German Federal Constitutional Court, 1951-2001, Justin Collings
Link
https://opac.eui.eu/client/en_GB/default/search/detailnonmodal/ent:$002f$002fSD_ILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:393904/one
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
FIEb17763046
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xlii, 331 pages
Isbn
9780198753377
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
  • (Uk)017444085
  • (OCoLC)908373863

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