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Democracy in Crisis?

 

With the impending threat of presidential impeachment in the US, the illegal prorogation of parliament in the UK, anti-constitutional breakdown in Poland, and much more besides - is constitutional democracy in crisis?

Explore our curated collection of Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law articles, book chapters, and journal articles covering the essential terminology and key jurisdictional issues. All content is free to read until January 7, 2020.

Terminology

Content taken from Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law

Impeachment

Prorogation of the Legislative Body

Royal Prerogative

Separation of Powers

Independence of the Judiciary

Direct Democracy

No Confidence Vote

Presidential Systems

Constitutionalism 

Liberalism

Absolutism

Territoriality

Elections

 

Jurisdictional Issues (Back to top)

Europe

Dismantling Checks and Balances (II): Judges and Prosecutors
Poland's Constitutional Breakdown

Brexit and the Scottish Question
The Law & Politics of Brexit 

Constitutional Crisis in Spain: The Catalan Secessionist Challenge
Constitutional Democracy in Crisis?

 

North America

Correcting a Few Misconceptions
Unable: The Law, Politics, and Limits of Section 4 of the Twenty-Fifth Amendment 

The United States: Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Campaign Financing
Confronting Corruption: Past Concerns, Present Challenges, and Future Strategies

Can the President Be Charged with a Crime?
Prosecuting the President: How Special Prosecutors Hold Presidents Accountable and Protect the Rule of Law 

The Arguments
Who is to Judge?: The Perennial Debate Over Whether to Elect or Appoint America's Judges 

The Uneasy Place of Parties in the Constitutional Order
The Oxford Handbook of the U.S. Constitution

Indigenous Peoples and the Canadian Constitution
The Oxford Handbook of the Canadian Constitution 

 

South America

The “New” Latin American Constitutionalism: Old Wine in New Skins
Transformative Constitutionalism in Latin America: The Emergence of a New Ius Commune 

The President: Problems of Executive Overreach
Colombian Constitutional Law: Leading Cases

The Slow Change in Chile: Long-term Security Sector Reform Alongside Constitutional Transition
Security Sector Reform in Constitutional Transitions

 

Asia

Indian Constitutionalism: crisis, unity, and history
The Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution

The Philippines: Peace Talks and Autonomy in Mindanao
Territory and Power in Constitutional Transitions

 

Africa & Middle East

The Evolution of Modern African Constitutions: A Retrospective Perspective
Separation of Powers in African Constitutionalism

Constitutional Infidelity and Federalism in Nigeria
Decentralisation and Constitutionalism in Africa 

The Quest for a New Economic Order in Egypt’s Constitutional Transformation
Constitutionalism, Human Rights, and Islam after the Arab Spring

 

Australia & New Zealand 

Citizenship
The Oxford Handbook of the Australian Constitution 

Tribal Constitutionalism and Historic Claims: The Impact of Claims Settlement on Tribal Membership Governance in Australia and New Zealand
Tribal Constitutionalism: States, Tribes, and the Governance of Membership 

 

Transnational and Comparative

Constitutions Under Stress
The Constitution of Freedom: An Introduction to Legal Constitutionalism 

Back into the political? Rethinking judicial, legal, and transnational constitutionalism
International Journal of Constitutional Law

The Transnational Counter-Terrorism Order: A Problématique
Current Legal Problems

 


Further Reading (Back to top)

The First Amendment in the Trump Era Timothy Zick book cover 

The First Amendment in
the Trump Era

Unable The Law, Politics, and Limits of Section 4 of the Twenty-Fifth Amendment Brian Kalt Book Cover 

Unable: The Law, Politics, and Limits of Section 4 of the Twenty-Fifth Amendment

 Constitutional Democracy in Crisis

Constitutional Democracy in Crisis? 

 

The Constitution of Freedom:
An Introduction to Legal Constitutionalism

The Public's Law book cover 

The Public's Law:
Origins and Architecture of Progressive Democracy

Poland's Constitutional Breakdown Wojciech Sudurski Book Cover 

Poland's Constitutional Breakdown

 Prosecuting the President Andrew Coan Book Cover

Prosecuting the President: 
How Special Prosecutors Hold Presidents Accountable and Protect the Rule of Law

 Who is to Judge? Charles Gardner Geyh Book Cover

Who is to Judge? 
The Perennial Debate Over Whether to Elect or Appoint America's Judges

 

 

 

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