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Rule by Law: The Politics of Courts in Authoritarian Regimes

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Scholars have generally assumed that courts in authoritarian states are pawns of their regimes, upholding the interests of governing elites and frustrating the efforts of their opponents. As a result, nearly all studies in comparative judicial politics have focused on democratic and democratizing countries. This volume brings together leading scholars in comparative judici ...more
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Published May 1st 2008 by Cambridge University Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Sahar
Conventional wisdom posits that courts in authoritarian regimes are simply the agents of the regime that lack independence and have no or minimal effect on political life. In this edited volume, Tom Ginsburg and Tamir Moustafa question this assumption and clearly show how and why courts matter in authoritarian regimes, and when and why regimes use courts. Edited volumes are a necessary evil of the discipline and oftentimes miss the mark with broad coverage and uneven themes. This volume, however ...more
Silvia Huang
this book was originally recommended to me by a law school professor last semester, and I took time to read it last week. It was great and enlightening. Tom is absolutely an expert in authoritarian institutions. And this book collects 13 pieces by different authors who contribute ideas on the empowerment of judges in authoritarian states but from different perspectives. It will give people who are in this field useful suggestions on where to start.
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Tom Ginsburg is Leo Spitz Professor of International Law, Ludwig and Hilde Wolf Research Scholar and Professor of Political Science at The University of Chicago Law School.

Tom Ginsburg focuses on comparative and international law from an interdisciplinary perspective. He holds BA, JD, and PhD degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. One of his books, Judicial Review in New Democracie
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