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Courts and Democracies in Asia


ISBN13: 9781316642559
To be Published: January 2019
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2017)
Price: £22.99
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9781107192621



What is the relationship between the strength of a country's democracy and the ability of its courts to address deficiencies in the electoral process? Drawing a distinction between democracies that can be characterised as 'dominant-party' (for example Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong), 'dynamic' (for example India, South Korea, and Taiwan), and 'fragile' (for example Thailand, Pakistan ,and Bangladesh), this book explores how democracy sustains and is sustained by the exercise of judicial power.

In dominant-party systems, courts can only pursue 'dialogic' pathways to constrain the government's authoritarian tendencies. On the other hand, in dynamic democracies, courts can more successfully innovate and make systemic changes to the electoral system. Finally, in fragile democracies, where a country regularly oscillates between martial law and civilian rule, their courts tend to consistently overreach, and this often facilitates or precipitates a hostile take-over by the armed forces, and lead to the demise of the rule of law.

Subjects:
Other Jurisdictions , Asia
Contents:
1. Introduction

Part I. Dominant-Party Democracies:
2. Supreme Court of Singapore and the promise of enforceable constitutional conventions
3. Malaysian courts and electoral fraud
4. Hong Kong Courts and constitutional contradictions

Part II. Dynamic Democracies:
5. Supreme Court of India and criminality in politics
6. Constitutional court of Taiwan and calibrated judicial review
7. Constitutional court of Korea and systemic electoral barriers

Part III. Fragile Democracies:
8. Constitutional court of Thailand and partisan judges
9. Supreme Court of Pakistan: accommodation and defiance of military authority
10. Supreme Court of Bangladesh and defensive judicial review

Part IV. Democratic Values and Courts in Comparative Perspective:
1. Democratic values and the conundrum of unconstitutional constitutional amendments
12. Conclusion
Bibliography
Index.

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