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The Politics of Principle: The First South African Constitutional Court, 1995-2005 (Paperback)

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"Under its first chief justice, Arthur Chaskalson, the South African Constitutional Court built an unrivalled reputation in the comparative constitutional law community for technically accomplished and morally enlightened decision-making. At the same time, the Court proved remarkably effective in asserting its institutional role in post-apartheid politics. While each of these accomplishments is noteworthy in its own right, the Court's simultaneous success in legal and political terms demands separate investigation. Drawing on and synthesising various insights from judicial politics and legal theory, this study offers an interdisciplinary explanation for the Chaskalson Court's achievement. Rather than a purely political strategy of the kind modelled by rational choice theorists, the study argues that the Court's achievement is attributable to a series of adjudicative strategies in different areas of law. In combination, these strategies allowed the Court to satisfy institutional norms of public reason-giving while at the same time avoiding political attack"--


ISBN 9781107619067
Genre LAW / Constitutional
Format Paperback
Pages 433
Publisher Date 2013-05-20 00:00:00.0
Publisher Cambridge Univ Pr
Copyright Year 2013
Height 9.0 in
Wdth 6.0 in
Thickness 1.0 in
Unit weight 1.45 lb
Language English
Subtitle The First South African Constitutional Court, 1995-2005
Series Name Cambridge Studies in Constitutional Law
Series Volume Number 6
Audience College/higher education
Authors Roux, Theunis

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