Governing with Judges: Constitutional Politics in Europe


'The author weaves a fascinating and intricate causal account... this is a clearly written and painstakingly researched book. In addition to its substantive findings, it is also of methodological interest... essential reading for any understanding of contemporary European democracy.' -Democratization'This is an informative and impressively wide-ranging and cross-disciplinary analysis that deserves a warm welcome as an important addition to the literature on political and constitutional theory' -Political Studies'A bold and provocative study... a timely and challenging treatment of a topic of great importance in contemporay Europe.' -West European PoliticsConstitutional Politics in Europe is the first comparative study written by a social scientist on the topic of European constitutional courts, and their role in protecting human rights and defending new democratic institutions. Focusing on France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the European Union, the author traces the enormous impact of these courts on both legislative and judicial processes and outcomes, and explains why this impact continues to expand.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Stone Alec Sweet
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Oxford, England
Publication year:
  • 2000


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