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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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Democracy and the Rule of Law

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Edited by: Jose Maria Maravall

ISBN13: 9780521532662
ISBN: 0521532663
Published: July 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £29.99

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This book addresses the question of why governments sometimes follow the law and other times choose to evade the law. The traditional answer of jurists has been that laws have an autonomous causal efficacy: law rules when actions follow anterior norms; the relation between laws and actions is one of obedience, obligation, or compliance. Contrary to this conception, the authors defend a positive interpretation where the rule of law results from the strategic choices of relevant actors.

Rule of law is just one possible outcome in which political actors process their conflicts using whatever resources they can muster: only when these actors seek to resolve their conflicts by recourse to la, does law rule. What distinguishes 'rule-of-law' as an institutional equilibrium from 'rule-by-law' is the distribution of power. The former emerges when no one group is strong enough to dominate the others and when the many use institutions to promote their interest.

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Part I:
1. Lineages of the rule of law
2. Power, rules, and compliance
3. Obedience and obligation in the Rechtsstaat
4. The political foundations of democracy and the rule of law
5. Why do political parties obey results of elections?
Part II:
6. The majoritarian reading of the 'rule of law'
7. How can the rule of law rule? Cost imposition through decentralized mechanisms
8. Dictatorship and the rule of law: rules and military power in Pinochet's Chile
Part III:
9. Courts as instruments of horizontal accountability: the case of Latin Europe
10. Rule of democracy and rule of law
11. The rule of law as a political weapon
12. The question of the rule of law in Michel de Montaigne's Essais.