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Analyzing Constitutions  

Peter M. Shane

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Jun 2008
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Sep 2009
This article looks at constitutions. The status and function of constitutions are discussed in the first section of the chapter. It then discusses implementing key founding bargains and ... More

Comparative Constitutions  

Josep M. Colomer

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Jun 2008
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Sep 2009
This article studies comparative constitutions. It begins with a look at the origins and evolution of constitutional models. The next section concentrates on the constitutional regime ... More

Comparative Federalism and the Role of the Judiciary  

Daniel Halberstam

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Aug 2008
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Sep 2009
The distinctive feature of federalism is to locate the central and constituent governments' respective claims of organizational autonomy and jurisdictional authority within a set of ... More

Comparative Judicial Politics  

John Ferejohn, Frances Rosenbluth, and Charles R. Shipan

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Jul 2009
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Sep 2009
This article studies comparative judicial politics, and presents a systematic definition of judicial independence. It presents theoretical explanations — positive and normative — for ... More

Complementarity as a Catalyst for Gender Justice in National Prosecutions  

Amrita Kapur

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Feb 2018
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Dec 2017
This chapter explores the opportunities present in the Rome Statute to promote justice for victims of sexual and gender-based violence in the International Criminal Court (ICC). It focuses ... More

Constitution  

Peter H. Russell

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2010
Canada is one of the oldest constitutional democracies in the world. Its founding Constitution, the British North America Act (BNA Act) was enacted by the British Parliament in 1867. While ... More

Constitutionalism  

Russell Hardin

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Jun 2008
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Sep 2009
This article discusses constitutionalism, particularly the two main schools of constitutional theorizing: coordination theories and contractarian theories. It then tries to determine what ... More

Constitutions As Expressive Documents  

Geoffrey Brennan and Alan Hamlin

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Jun 2008
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Sep 2009
This article looks at constitutions as expressive documents. Two concepts are the main focus of this article: the constitution and the notion of expressiveness. The article tries to ... More

Courts  

James B. Kelly and Christopher P. Manfredi

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2010
The judiciary plays a prominent role in the maintenance and development of the Canadian constitutional system. Apart from maintaining the rule of law and the administration of justice, the ... More

Electoral System Design in New Democracies  

John M. Carey

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Jun 2018
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May 2017
Elections in the wake of dramatic transitions from authoritarian regimes to democracy may confront voters with choices that are unattractive or bewildering, or both. This chapter examines ... More

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