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Democracy and the Rule of Law


  • 1 b/w illus. 1 table
  • Page extent: 334 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.66 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 340/.11
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: K3171.A6 D46 2003
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Rule of law--Congresses
    • Democracy--Congresses

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521825597 | ISBN-10: 0521825598)

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An international group of specialists from the fields of law, politics, economics, and philosophy address the question of why governments act or do not act according to laws. The authors interpret the rule of law as a strategic choice of actors with powerful interests, rather than as an exogenous constraint on politicians. The rule of law emerges when no group is strong enough to dominate the others, and political actors seek to resolve their conflicts by recourse to law. Law is thus deeply rooted in politics.


List of contributors; Acknowledgments; Introduction José María Maravall and Adam Przeworski; Part I: 1. Lineages of the rule of law Stephen Holmes; 2. Power, rules, and compliance Ignacio Sánchez-Cuenca; 3. Obedience and obligation in the Rechtsstaat Michel Troper; 4. A postscript to 'Political foundations of democracy and the rule of law' Barry R. Weingast; 5. Why do political parties obey results of elections? Adam Przeworski; Part II: 6. The majoritarian reading of the 'rule of law' Roberto Gargarella; 7. How can the rule of law rule? Cost imposition through decentralized mechanisms Catalina Smulovitz; 8. Dictatorship and the rule of law: rules and military power in Pinochet's Chile Robert Barros; Part III: 9. Courts as instruments of horizontal accountability: the case of Latin Europe Carlo Guarnieri; 10. Rule of democracy and rule of law John Ferejohn and Pasquale Pasquino; 11. The rule of law as a political weapon José María Maravall; 12. The question of the rule of law in Michel de Montaigne's Essais Biancamaria Fontana; Author index; Subject index.


"[T]his book is clearly a must read for anyone interested in the question of what causes democracy and/or the rule of law." The Law and Politics Book Review


José María Maravall, Adam Przeworski, Stephen Holmes, Ignacio Sánchez-Cuenca, Michel Troper, Barry R. Weingast, Roberto Gargarella, Catalina Smulovitz, Robert Barros, Carlo Guarnieri, John Ferejohn, Pasquale Pasquino, José María Maravall, Biancamaria Fontana

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