This special issue examines the political role of courts in new democracies in Latin America and Africa. Are the courts able to hold political power-holders accountable when they act outside of their constitutionally defined powers? Given the hyper-presidential nature of these regimes, particular focus is on the ability of the courts to say "no" to the executive and make it stick. The book critically questions some of the premises underlying the present drive towards strong constitutional government and strong judicial powers. Considering the record of judiciaries in new democracies, it warns of problems inherent in the current global move towards strong constitutional government, where increasingly strong powers are placed in judges who themselves are not made accountable. Experienced scholars - lawyers, economists and political scientists - from Latin America, Africa, the US and Europe draw on their knowledge of particular cases. Their articles bring not only new empirical knowledge to the field where broad comparative studies are lacking, but also generate significant theoretical insights, thus shedding light on a phenomenon that is widely recognised as important, but which has so far received scant attention.
Counter-mobilization against child marriage reform in Africa
Ragnhild Louise Muriaas, Liv Tønnessen, Vibeke Wang
The Battle over abortion rights in Brazil's state arenas, 1995-2006
Marta Rodriguez de Assis Machado and Debora Alves Machiel
Health and Human Rights Journal
Specialised anti-corruption courts: A comparative mapping
Sofie Arjon Schütte, Matthew C. Stephenson
The Customer is King: Evidence on VAT Compliance in Tanzania
Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, Cecilia Kagoma, Ephraim Mdee, Ingrid Hoem Sjursen and Vincent Somville
Globally designed accountability and local social inequality. A case study of two maternal deaths in Tanzania.
Edges of Global Transformation: Ethnographies of Uncertainty
Property owners’ knowledge and attitudes towards property taxation in Tanzania
Merima Ali, Odd-Helge Fjeldstad and Lucas Katera