Judicial Review and Political Partisanship: Moving from Consensual to Majoritarian Democracy

Nuno Garoupaa, Veronica Grembi

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Abstrakt

Due to the collapse of the party system during the mid-nineties, Italy represents an interesting case study to test the effects of a transition from a consensual to a majoritarian model of democracy on judicial behavior at the level of the Constitutional Court. Using a dataset of 972 cases of substantive judicial review (ricorsi in via principale) from 1985 to 2005, and proposing new measures of political alignment within constitutional review, we analyze the effect of a change in the political party system on judicial behavior. Our results show that political alignment is a stronger predictor of judicial decision making under majoritarian than consensual model of democracy.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftInternational Review of Law and Economics
Vol/bind43
Sider (fra-til)32-45
Antal sider14
ISSN0144-8188
DOI
StatusUdgivet - aug. 2015

Emneord

  • Party systems
  • Judicial behavior
  • Italian Constitutional Court
  • Judicial politics

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