Without Fear or Favor: Judicial Independence and Judicial Accountability in the States (Paperback)

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G. Alan Tarr is Director of the Center for State Constitutional Studies and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University-Camden. He is the author or editor of several books on constitutionalism and on federalism, and has lectured on these subjects in United States, Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America.
The impartial administration of justice and the accountability of government officials are two of the most strongly held American values. Yet these values are often in direct conflict with one another.

At the national level, the U.S. Constitution resolves this tension in favor of judicial independence, insulating judges from the undue influence of other political institutions, interest groups, and the general public. But at the state level, debate has continued as to the proper balance between judicial independence and judicial accountability. In this volume, constitutional scholar G. Alan Tarr focuses squarely on that debate. In part, the analysis is historical: how have the reigning conceptions of judicial independence and accountability emerged, and when and how did conflict over them develop? In part, the analysis is theoretical: what is the proper understanding of judicial independence and accountability?

Tarr concludes the book by identifying the challenges to state-level judicial independence and accountability that have emerged in recent decades, assessing the solutions offered by the competing sides, and offering proposals for how to strike the appropriate balance between independence and accountability.

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ISBN 9780804760409
Genre LAW / Public
Format Paperback
Pages 269
Publisher Date 2012-09-19 00:00:00.0
Publisher Stanford Univ Pr
Copyright Year 2012
Height 9.0 in
Wdth 6.0 in
Thickness 0.75 in
Unit weight 0.95 lb
Language English
Subtitle Judicial Independence and Judicial Accountability in the States
Series Name Stanford Studies in Law and Politics
Audience College/higher education
Authors Tarr, G. Alan

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