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Perils of judicial self-government in transitional societies, holding the least accountable branch to account, David Kosarř

Judicial councils and other judicial self-government bodies have become a worldwide phenomenon. Democracies are increasingly turning to them to insulate the judiciary from the daily politics, to enhance independence and ensure judicial accountability. This book investigates the different forms of accountability and the taxonomy of mechanisms of control to determine a best practice methodology. The author expertly provides a meticulous analysis, using over 800 case studies from the Czech and Slovak disciplinary courts from 1993 to 2010 and creates a systematic framework the can be applied to future cases. Expertly combines a deep knowledge of legal doctrine with political science methods. Based on robust and verifiable evidence, this is the only scholarly work that tests the effects of a judicial council empirically. Challenges the view of judicial accountability as an exclusively positive quality and shows its negative side-effects.--, Provided by Publisher
Table Of Contents
Introduction Part I. Judicial Accountability: Theoretical Framework: 1. The concept of judicial accountability 2. Mechanisms of judicial accountability 3. Judicial accountability and judicial councils Part II. Holding Czech and Slovak Judges Accountable: 4. Prologue to the case studies: methodology and data reporting 5. The Czech Republic 6. Slovakia 7. Evaluation: the Czech Republic and Slovakia compared Part III. Conclusions and Implications: 8. Judicial accountability and judicial councils: critical appraisal Annexes
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non fiction
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1 online resource (xv, 470 pages), digital, PDF file(s).
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