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Constitutional Politics and the Judiciary

Decision-making in Central and Eastern Europe, 1st Edition

Edited by Kálmán Pócza


252 pages

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Recent confrontations between constitutional courts and parliamentary majorities, for example in Poland and Hungary, have attracted international interest in the relationship between the judiciary and the legislature in Central and Eastern European countries. Several political actors have argued that courts have assumed too much power after the democratic transformation process in 1989/1990. These claims are explicitly or implicitly connected to the charge that courts have constrained the room for manoeuvre of the legislatures too heavily and that they have entered the field of politics. Nevertheless, the question to what extent has this aggregation of power constrained the dominant political actors has never been examined accurately and systematically in the literature. The present volume fills this gap by applying an innovative research methodology to quantify the impact and effect of court’s decisions on legislation and legislators, and measure the strength of judicial decisions in six CEE countries.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction - Kálmán Pócza

Chapter 2: Research methodology - Kálmán Pócza and Gábor Dobos

Chapter 3: The Czech Constitutional Court: Far away from political influence - Katarína Šipulová

Chapter 4: The German Federal Constitutional Court: Authority transformed into power? - Oliver W. Lembcke

Chapter 5: The Hungarian Constitutional Court: A constructive partner in constitutional dialogue - Kálmán Pócza, Gábor Dobos and Attila Gyulai

Chapter 6: The Polish Constitutional Tribunal: Deference beyond the veil of activism - Artur Wołek and Iga Kender-Jeziorska

Chapter 7: The Romanian Constitutional Court: Muddling through democratic transition - Csongor Kuti

Chapter 8: The Slovak Constitutional Court: The third legislator? - Erik Láštic and Max Steuer

Chapter 9: Courts compared: The practice of constitutional adjudication in Central and Eastern Europe - Kálmán Pócza, Gábor Dobos and Attila Gyulai

About the Editor

Kálmán Pócza is senior research fellow at the Institute for Political Science of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and associate professor at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University Budapest. He is the Principal Investigator of the JUDICON research project (

About the Series

Routledge Research in Constitutional Law

This series features thought-provoking and original scholarship on constitutional law and theory. Books explore key topics, themes and questions in the field with a particular emphasis on comparative studies. Where relevant, titles will engage with political and social theory, philosophy and history in order to offer a rounded analysis of constitutions and constitutional law.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice
LAW / Comparative
LAW / Constitutional
LAW / Public
LAW / Research
LAW / Judicial Power
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Legislative Branch
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Comparative
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Judicial Branch
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / European